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Twitter Changes Direct Message Policies

Twitter makes sweeping changes to how direct messages work.Oh no. Twitter changes direct messages, and as a twitter “power user” (or, you know, “power abuser”), I do NOT like this news: people that are NOT following you can now send you direct messages.

UGH. I hate this idea with a passion. Luckily, however, this is an opt-in only situation: you have to go to Twitter —-> Settings —-> scroll down to messages, and check option “Receive messages from any Twitter follower”. I’ve decided to give it a test run (all in the name of quasi-journalism) just to see how annoying this becomes; it will be interesting.

In other big Twitter news, you can no longer send links in direct messages.

I KNOW, WHAT?

I understand the motivation; according to readwrite, it is likely a new policy aimed at combating the massive problem with spam via direct message. After all, I highly doubt that the 70 or so people that have DMed me about using a fabulous new diet product are all, actually, using said product. So I understand the appeal.

However, I do a lot of communicating via Twitter and I often send links to people using DMs such as job listings they might be interested in, or events they might want to attend, or even gossipy snark that I don’t want to share in my public stream (no, I am not immune to snarking). I guess I will have to return to ye old days of sending those sorts of links via email, like it’s 2006 or something.

I tested out sending links to fellow Babble writer Dresden Shumaker, and sure enough, this happened:

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Yep, no more links via direct message. One bit of good news: no more links from auto direct messages, the most annoying Twitter marketing “ploy” ever. So there’s that, at least.

Huge hat tip to Alli Worthington for sharing about these changes in her fabulous newsletter.

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