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Twitter lets you enable Direct Messages from anyone

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Following a refresh of its US home page (rolling out worldwide over 2015), Twitter is now letting users receive Direct Messages from anyone - if desired.

Twitter has been busy of late, first announcing a new look to its US-based home page, which will be rolled out worldwide over the rest of 2015, but now a new way to communicate with Twitterers.

Normally, to send or receive direct private messages to someone on Twitter, you need to be following them, and they need to be following you.

But what if you could enable Twitter users to message you directly, without the need for mutual following first?

As long as you’re comfortable with receiving Direct Messages from strangers, you can now do exactly that.

Full and simple instructions on how to enable this feature can be seen here at Twitter’s support site.

Of course, if you enable this feature, you can also then reply to anyone who sends you a Direct Message, regardless of whether or not that person follows you.

There’s also a new Direct Message button on profile pages on Android and iPhone, which you’ll see on the profiles of people you can send Direct Messages to.

The company says that Direct Messages are also ‘the best way to take your public Twitter conversations private’, letting you ‘communicate one-to-one or with a chosen group of people, anywhere in the world.’

Twitter says it hopes ‘these changes help you connect more easily – and directly – on Twitter with the people, causes and businesses you care about most.’

And, if you do receive a Direct Message from someone you don’t want to privately converse with, Twitter has listed instructions on how to stop them from doing so.

Unlike the changes to its home page, Twitter is rolling out the changes to its Direct Messaging feature to all users around the world from today.

And… that’s not all. Twitter says it has ‘lots more in the works to improve Direct Messages so that the private side of Twitter is just as fulfilling as the public side.’

So, while you still can’t cut Twitter out of the picture entirely if you want to go direct (unless you know someone’s email address or other contact details, of course), Twitter’s new direction is an unmissable message that Direct Messaging is a lead Twitter hopes you’ll follow.

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