Twitter announced on Thursday that it is introducing several new updates to its direct messages that will be rolled out to some users in the coming weeks.
The feature is coming to the iOS and web versions of Twitter first, and Android will bring the ability to send a direct message to multiple people in separate conversations, because who among us didn’t accidentally start a group chat that way.
Tweets can now be shared by users for up to 20 separate DM conversations, if the gossip is hot enough to share with that person’s tweeters at once and no more (awkward) unintended group chats when you DM a Tweet to multiple people.
No more (awkward) accidental group chats when you DM a Tweet to multiple people. Now you can share the same Tweet individually in up to 20 different DM convos.
Rolling out on iOS and the web, and soon on Android. (2/5) pic.twitter.com/oHYseF3EJE
— Twitter support (@TwitterSupport) August 19, 2021
Twitter said it will adjust DM timestamp for iOS users and group messages by day instead of stamping every message within a DM conversation with the date and time. This reduces the time stamp clutter, Twitter says. And iOS users will soon be able to access the ‘add comment’ buttons not only by double tapping, but also by long press on a message.
Android users will have to wait to access those latter features, although a user along with iOS users will have the option to fast scrolling through a DM conversation and return to the most recent message by pressing a down arrow.
In recent months, Twitter has added many new features, including a new process to report misinformation about COVID, an update to the API to make it easier for other apps to reference the Spaces audio chats, and a change to the font. .
In addition to the new DM features, Twitter also announced that it will roll out a feature for the web and Android users that would make it easier for users to subscribe to Twitter users; Revue newsletter directly from a Twitter profile.