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You Can No Longer Receive DMs From Any Follower

You Can No Longer Receive DMs From Any Follower

In a move that’s typically Twitter, the company has removed the option for users to receive a direct message (DM) from any of their followers without needing to follow them back – just one month after enabling it.

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You May Have Unknowingly Granted Apps Access To Your Direct Messages

Do you use Twitter to sign in to other applications? If so, you may have unknowingly granted those apps access to your direct messages.

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Direct Message 101: Understanding DMs On Twitter

If you’ve been using Twitter for any length of time, you’ve likely discovered that the there’s an art to using its direct messages (DMs).

No? Well, there is. And we’re going to share some tips with you. And in the hopes of one day having a spam-free DM folder, please pass these tips along.

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3 Reasons Why Your Direct Message Didn’t Get A Response

I’m not quite sure what I think of Twitter’s Direct Messages (DMs). Are they annoying? Sometimes. Do I let them sit unread? Quite often. But I’ve also received great tips for articles on AllTwitter and insights into things that I often tweet about in my DM inbox.

The DM is an enigma on Twitter. It can be a useful way to reach out to someone on a more personal, private level and connect with them in a more meaningful way. Or it can be used to promote yourself, annoy your new followers, and otherwise poison a potentially great relationship on Twitter.

If you’re using DMs as a way of reaching out to new followers, great. But if these DMs aren’t getting any responses, chances are you’re doing it wrong. Here are 3 reason why your DM didn’t get a response.
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Sent A Direct Message To Somebody On Twitter By Mistake? Don’t Worry… You Can Delete It

Most people know that they can delete their incoming Direct Messages on Twitter.

That is, if your DM inbox is getting a little cluttered, you can delete old messages or those you no longer wish to see, plus junk like spam and mass marketing messages, and tidy things up. A bit of spring cleaning, if you will.

But here’s the thing – you can delete your outgoing messages as well, and when you do they’re removed completely from the recipient’s Direct Message inbox. Like magic.

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5 Tips For Better Twitter Security

Privacy and security are two of the biggest concerns when social media, and rightly so. We’ve got five tips for you to improve your Twitter privacy, so you can tweet knowing that you’re secure.
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UPDATED: Good News, Twitter Celebrities: Fans Still Can’t Send You Unwanted Direct Messages

UPDATE: Twitter have reached out to us to clarify this story. And it’s very good news for celebrities.

Contrary to news reports, Twitter has not changed the rules for how Direct Messages (DMs) work for Verified accounts.

However, we have given a limited number of accounts the ability to receive DMs from accounts they don’t follow, in cases where having that capability may be beneficial (for example, enabling businesses to receive account information that users may not want to post publicly).

We do not have plans for making this capability more widely available at this time. Accounts with access to this feature must opt-in to utilize it.

We will continue to experiment with ways of helping people and companies get more value from Twitter. As with all of our experiments, we are listening carefully to feedback on this feature and will use that feedback to continue innovating and iterating.

As I wrote in my final paragraph it did seem mad. I’ve changed the title of this article to reflect the update, but to maintain the egg on my face (although I secretly blame TNW) everything else has been left as it was.

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3 New Features We’d Love to see Added to Twitter

Twitter has been introducing new features at a brisk pace lately, including more robust Promoted Products, music sharing integration with Apple’s Ping, and push notifications for @mentions.

While they’re hard at work, here’s a look at three new features we’d love to see added to Twitter in the new year – some of which they’ve hinted at, and others that we hear users clamoring for.
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You’ve Got Twittermail

The direct message system on Twitter is a mess. The more people you follow, especially in any kind of automated fashion, the more spam, mass marketing messages, irrelevant junk and good, old-fashioned weirdness you attract to your inbox. And while it’s admirable to follow others on Twitter so they can contact you via this method, the work involved in managing all that noise to find any signal of worth verges on a full-time job.

For some, especially those who follow thousands of users, the alternative is to simply ignore everything that is sent to them via DM. That’s not a positive outcome for anybody.

Ideally, Twitter would scrap the direct message feature and start over, building something that worked a lot more like email. Facebook’s private messaging system isn’t world-class, but it’s significantly better than what we have on Twitter. Being able to group more than one person into private Twitter conversations would be worth the price of admission alone. It would also be nice if we weren’t limited to 160 characters.

Alternatively, this is a fantastic opportunity for a really creative app coder. I’d love to see somebody port all that direct message API over to a standalone Twittermail website that worked a bit like Gmail, and gave us labels, starring, threading and – vitally – a spam filter, then I think they’d be sitting on a product that was valuable enough to warrant a (modest) price tag.

An intelligent spam filter (that came with its own folder) would be huge. Like Gmail (or Akismet), the filter would have built-in knowledge, and learn from the Twitter collective about repeat offenders, bots and trolls. You’d also be able to tailor the filter to your own liking. You’d switch off your DM notifications from Twitter, and manage everything at your new favourite website.

Hey, maybe this could even be ported into Gmail, and we’d let that do all the work.

We need Twittermail. You need it. Competent and manageable private messaging is a must for any network. Legitimate connections have immense value, but if you have to work too hard to find them many people will simply give up trying altogether.

Six Ways Twitter’s Direct Message System Could Be Radically Improved

Twitter’s direct message (DM) system is, quite frankly, rubbish. An inbuilt messenger is a handy and convenient feature on any social network, but what we have on Twitter is so basic and limiting to be almost useless. Here are six ways in which it could easily be improved.

1. Direct Messages MUST Be Two-Way

As it stands, the direct message system on Twitter isn’t really fair – if I follow somebody this affords them the right to send me a direct message, which many do, certainly if they want to keep something private. However, unless they follow me back, I do not have the same luxury. I cannot reply to their DM. This is ridiculous for two reasons: one, it gives them an immediate advantage, and two, the only way for me to respond to their ‘private’ message is to make it public with an @reply.

I say: you should only be able to send a direct message to another user if you’re both following each other. Otherwise, you have to send a reply. This would encourage mutual following and cut down on unnecessary and one-way direct messaging. No mutual follow, no direct message. You’ll have to send me a reply instead.

2. Mass Marking/Deletion Of Direct Messages

Twitter needs to add a series of checkboxes next to each delete message so that you can quickly mark and delete any you want to remove and/or move somewhere else en masse (see ‘Folders’, below). There also needs to be a one-click ‘select/unselect all’ – as it is, I can remove all my direct messages using a service like DM Whacker, but that should be a basic feature on Twitter, surely?

3. Search

If you’re on Twitter long enough, pretty soon you’ll build up a lot of direct messages. Some of these will contain useful links and information – I stress the word some, as relatively it’s going to be very few. Right now, the only way to find that data is to scroll back through page after page of direct message, and hoping that CTRL+F and the right keyword will find what you want. A search feature built in to the DM system would make this a very simple process.

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