Twitter on Thursday announced that it will roll out some improvements to its direct messaging system over the next few weeks, including the ability to DM a tweet to multiple people at once in individual conversations. This is the same functionality that Jane Manchun Wong noticed that Twitter was working on in a tweet she posted on July 9th. “Twitter is working on DM’ing tweets to multiple people separately,” she tweeted.
Twitter is working on DM’ing tweets to multiple people separately pic.twitter.com/cYziEMNs1s
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) July 9, 2021
Twitter noted that its users will have no more “awkward” accidental group chats when you DM a Tweet to multiple people. Users will be in a position to share the same Tweet in up to 20 different DM convos, separately. A potential downside of this update is that it might invite more spam. And users receiving the messages may not realize they were a part of group spam, as the individual DMs will seem like private 1:1 messages.
The Micro-blogging website’s other DM improvements include; messages will be grouped by day instead of timestamping individual messages with the date and time, a new quick-scroll button that will let you jump to the latest message.
Finally, in DMs, users will also be able to access the “add reaction” menu from both double-tapping and long-pressing on a message. Long-pressing a friend’s message also gives you the option to delete the message on your account only, report the message or copy the text.
“When reacting to a message, there’s the double-tap and now there’s the long press –– when you long-press a message, you can tap “Add reaction” from the menu to pull up the reaction picker,” Twitter said in a tweet.
Some DM improvements are coming your way over the next few weeks.
We’ve got easier Tweet sharing, better navigation when in a convo, and more… (1/5)
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) August 19, 2021
The new updates will come first for iOS and web users as Twitter says Android users will have to wait a bit longer to gain access to this feature — and it’s unclear how long that will take.
On the other hand, Twitter also says it’s testing a feature that puts users’ Revue newsletters on their profile. Revue is a newsletter platform that Twitter acquired earlier this year. But last week, it unveiled more noticeable UI updates that experts believe made the platform less accessible.
Within two days of the update, Twitter made contrast changes on its buttons and identified issues with its proprietary font Chirp on Windows.