Skip to main content

Twitter is about to make direct messages a little less maddening

Managing your direct messages on Twitter is about to get a lot more convenient, as the microblogging service announced today that it is rolling out an update over the coming weeks that makes "deleting DMs more consistent" across the web and mobile. Twitter is also in the process of updating its iOS and Android apps that will allow you to access your entire DM history from within the app.

To enable this change, Twitter mentioned on its support page that it is "restructuring back-end elements" of its DM system, and that as a result users would be unable to send URLs in direct messages.

Do you use the DM feature a lot to chat with your friends? What do you guys think of the upcoming update?

Source: Twitter

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor covering Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone manufacturers, and writes about the semiconductor industry, storage servers, and audio products. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

  • Not really a Twitter fan which has much to do with the 140 character limit. 140 characters are already pretty short in english, but in other languages like german it's even worse. I think they could have a much larger success if they would drop that limit - at least for DMs. wasn't a success, but it's 256 character limit for public messages and 2048 characters for DMs felt much more like a sweet spot to use it for serious conversations / messaging.
  • The point of twitter is that its microblogging! Its in the name. They could increase the limit slightly but too much and it would just become Facebook, the best thing about it is that I don't have to read essays of crap to see what I want to see.
  • Agreed. The point of Twitter is to be to the point. They shouldn't change their scheme. I enjoy the fact people have to say more with less. Posted via Android Central App
  • True, but if you can't even write a whole sentence in some languages it's a bit too short I think :) 140 characters are even less than a text message in old days.
  • 18,000 tweets in, I'd be devastated if Twitter destroyed the 140 character limit. It's an annoyance for newcomers, sure, but once you've used Twitter for a while it's almost a personal challenge to fit your thoughts into 140 characters. Posted via Android Central App
  • Not to mention the learning curve of people typing to 140 characters and reading the abomination of people making up words. This was more legible than some of the others I have read: Gr8 Day, ppl evywr @ bech so hot drnkn bers hurs up & get dwn her b4 hotys goway I have seen some that took me almost 5 minutes to try and decipher, like people using an enigma machine from ww2
  • This is a well welcomed update. I use to want to DM, especially when they did the current UI overhaul, but it was pretty wonky at times. Posted via Android Central App
  • I'd rather they fix disappearing messages first... I'll get push notifications, but when I then open the app there's nothing. Meaning, I need to read the message from the notification, open the app, and reply. It ends up being a long string of just my messages, as theirs never seem to arrive or download or update.
  • Love tweeter. Use the TweetCaster PRO app. Extremely convenient. Posted via Android Central App
  • DM never worked well for me. It always lags quite badly and there is a delay between when messages are sent and received. Posted via Android Central App
  • I panic every time I get a DM. When replying not sure if sending tweet or sending private message. I don't get it. And don't really care. Posted via Android Central App