Twitter tweaking Direct Messages for easier use across devices
Twitter is making a couple changes to its Direct Message system as the company grows increasingly fond of private communications.
As noted in a Twitter post from Friday, iOS and Android users will soon be able to see their entire DM history through the Twitter app.
We're also making an update to the Twitter iPhone and Android apps that will allow you to access your entire DM history.— Twitter Support (@Support) July 18, 2014
Twitter also said it will make “deleting DMs more consistent” across the Web and mobile devices. Currently, when you delete a message on one device, it doesn’t disappear from others, so this may be what Twitter is aiming to fix.
As Mashable points out, Twitter has become more interested in building out its Direct Message features in response to the growing popularity of other messaging apps like WhatsApp and Line. In an April earnings call, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo described private messaging as “the best international opportunity” to grow the service. He has also teased a “Whisper mode” that may encourage users—or a larger group—to take their public conversations private.
Twitter wasn’t always so enthusiastic about direct messaging. Previous versions of Twitter for iOS and Android buried these messages in a “Me” tab that users were unlikely to visit very often.
DMs are much easier to reach in the current versions of Twitter’s various apps. On Android, Twitter includes a chat bubble icon at the top of the main screen, while the iOS version features a dedicated “Messages” tab . Combined with better messaging syncing and deletion across devices, the groundwork is set for a bigger focus on direct messages in the future.