Even though Twitter is notoriously known for being a public-oriented platform, it also wants to play big in private communication.
In that respect, it has released a new Message button which allows users on the microblogging site to share tweets privately with other people on the platform.
Somas Thyagaraja, one of Twitter’s product managers, wrote in a blog spot about the latest changes: “Starting today, you’ll notice something new on Tweets – a Message button. With this new feature, it’s simple to share a tweet via Direct Message and spark a private conversation.”
Now, you’re a matter of taps away from sharing Twitter content you see on your timeline with someone in a private conversation. But what exactly drove Twitter to add another button next to Retweet and heart?
It’s actually simple logic; user feedback showed that millions of people use Twitter’s Direct Messages feature to have private interactions with family, friends, and brands.
Statistics also showed this mode of communication is popular among users. A company report has revealed the number of sent messages spiked with more than 60 percent in 2017.
So this was the context for Twitter’s decision to launch the new Message button, in addition to several user suggestions saying that it would be useful to be able to share a tweet through Direct Message.
Users could share tweets via DM even before the new button was introduced, but the previous pathway included more taps that not many users were aware of. They had to long-press a tweet on their timeline (provided they were using Twitter’s native mobile app) and then select the “Share via Direct Message” option.
Sharing tweets privately with friends has become simpler; all you have to do is follow these easy steps on how to use the new Message button:
Step 1: Make sure you’ve updated you Twitter app for iOS or Android before trying to use the feature.
Step 2: Zone-in on the Tweet you want to share privately.
Step 3: Tap on the envelope-like icon below the selected tweet. The little icon is right next to the heart.
Step 4: Select the individual or group you want to send the tweet to.
Step 5: Once the group or person has been selected, you can add a comment or simply hit send!
Well done! You have successfully used the Message button to share a tweet privately!
Twitter has yet to make the new feature available for the Web version; owners of Android and iOS devices can head to their respective app stores to download the update.
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