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Do You Like The Fact That Twitter Is Now Allowing Users To Send Direct Messages To Anyone?

Submitted by on October 16, 2013 – 11:58 am4 Comments

Did you just receive a direct message from someone that you’re not following on Twitter? You probably thought that that wasn’t allowed, right? And until this week, you would have been right. In the past, Twitter has only allowed users to send direct messages to people who follow them. It’s one of the ways they’ve been able to eliminate spamming from the social media site. However, it appears as though that is changing as Twitter just revealed that, as of right now, they will be allowing anyone to send and receive direct messages, regardless of whether or not they’re following a person. They haven’t said exactly why they’re doing this. But the change just went into effect.

Fortunately, this doesn’t mean that you’re going to be inundated with a ton of direct messages. That’s because in order for this change to affect you, you need to go into your main settings and tick the “Receive direct messages from any follower” box on Twitter. So there’s a very easy way to avoid receiving direct messages from people you don’t follow—just don’t tick that box. That will prevent anyone you’re not following from direct messaging you.

That being said, this new feature that Twitter introduced will be helpful to some people out there, so we’re glad that Twitter has implemented it. It allows for people to choose whether or not they want to receive direct messages from people they don’t follow. But we hope that Twitter doesn’t take this any further and let some users—specifically large companies—send direct messages to people without their consent. That would be taking things too far. But as it stands right now, Twitter is making the right move here by giving people the option to receive direct messages from anyone.

Do you agree with this? Will you be ticking off the box in your settings and letting everyone direct message you? Let us know what you think about the change that Twitter has decided to make.

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