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Twitter Is Testing The Ability To Send Out Multiple Direct Messages, Without Creating Groups In The Process

Twitter is coming out with a feature that will allow individuals to send out multiple Direct Messages, without having to create a group in the process.

The inability to send multiple direct messages, or DMs, has been a common criticism and complaint of the very popular social media platform. While Twitter initially started out as a microblogging site, it’s massive success as a social media giant has led to DMs becoming a major form of communication on the platform. Simply put, with the amount of content on the platform, people want to be able to send each other interesting stuff without worrying about publicly tagging them. However, sometimes you want to send tweets and other forms of media to multiple individuals. The natural instinct is to treat Twitter as any other social media platform, and send them on ahead. However, the microblogging platform’s initial solution for multiple DMs was to add everyone into a shared group. Which, to say the least, makes for an awkward situation. Why Twitter thought this, and repeatedly sending multiple people the same tweet, were the only solutions is beyond this writer. However, it seems like the devs have caught up and are making some changes.

Social media researcher Jane Manchun Wong has recently revealed that Twitter’s working on a feature that will allow individuals to send out multiple private DMs at the same time. She did this in the form of a leaked screenshot, showing an interface labelled “send your tweet separately”. Users are allowed to select the different individuals they want to send the message to, who show up as tag icons with their profile photos. The profile icons also seem comfortably sized and visible, allowing users to easily erase any individuals they’ve accidentally tagged. Overall, this is very much a win for the Twitter community at large. No longer creating groups and adding a bunch of confused individuals who have no clue about each other, only to be mildly amused by a meme, and all of this at 4 in the morning. A very specific fear, this author grants, and yet one they’re willing to bet many other individuals have encountered.

So, when can we expect this feature to be implemented? As it stands, the revealed interface is part of a Twitter leak, and not some form of beta and A/B testing. Users should be expecting those to roll out first, before this feature is implemented into the Twitter platform proper, for all regions and people. To form a timeframe would be guessing, at best. Although, considering how fully formed the multiple messages interface is, this author doubts it’ll take much more than a few months.


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