Twitter has launched a new web direct messaging interface that allows you to send and receive DMs without leaving your timeline. While you currently need to open a separate section on the Twitter website to view your DMs, you can now access them through a pop-up window in the bottom right of your timeline. The video from Twitter shows that it is a similar interface to what Facebook and LinkedIn currently offer for DMs on their platforms.
It looks like a decent improvement to the platform’s messaging interface, but Twitter announced the function at the worst time, during the worst hack that has ever hit the platform. The official Twitter account announced the launch of the feature at 4:51
At the end of the day, high profile accounts like Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Apple had tweeted similar messages, causing Twitter to take the unprecedented move to prevent all verified accounts from tweeting completely. The social network finally confirmed that its internal tools had been compromised, which contributed to the hack. Suffice it to say that the event took all the wind out of the sails of Twitter’s product announcement.
ok, but there is also a huge bitcoin scam
– Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton), July 15, 2020
The new user interface for Twitter DMs, which has apparently been in development since at least April this year, follows the introduction of emoji reactions in January and a new DM search function that was available for the iOS app last year.
According to Twitter, the new function will be launched on the web.