Twitter is trying to invigorate their service for users, offering new and what they see as innovative ways to use the platform. Today’s announcement sees Twitter attempting to make their DM service a lot more useful as a messaging platform.
The update today looks to improve on the Group DM feature that Twitter announced back in January last year. Direct Messaging has been a bit of a favourite for some users who’ve eschewed the masses of alternative messaging platforms currently dominating the market.
The update includes read receipts for DMs, typing indicators so you can see who’s about to respond, and web link previews so you can get an idea of what’s in the URL you’ve just been linked to. The updates look a little like this:
New! Direct Messages are more dynamic than ever with read receipts, typing indicators, and web link previews. pic.twitter.com/VEU92V5Gqj
— Twitter (@Twitter) September 8, 2016
There doesn’t seem to be any update required to your app to make it work, so a server side switch has probably been involved with this update. If you’ve been using Twitter DMs for chatting with friends or groups, this should make your day.