Twitter has officially announced the option for users to receive direct messages from accounts they don’t follow.
Since its inception Twitter’s DM tool has required both accounts to be following each other in order to exchange messages. No longer.
Users can now log into their account, browse to the security and privacy settings and enable the ‘Receive Direct Messages from Anyone' setting.
Twitter has also updated its messaging rules to enable users to reply to anyone who sends them a DM, whether that person follows them or not.
On its official blog, Twitter wrote: “Communicating with people you may or may not know in real life just got easier. Previously, if you wanted to send a Direct Message to the ice cream shop down the street about how much you love their salted caramel flavor, you’d have to ask them to follow you first.
“With today’s changes, the ice cream shop can opt to receive Direct Messages from anyone; so you can privately send your appreciation for the salted caramel without any barriers.”
The update also brings a change to profile pages within the Android and iPhone apps. If users can see a Direct Message button on the page, it means they’re able to send that account holder a direct message.
It has long been rumoured Twitter is thinking of overhauling its messages proposition in order to compete with the likes of Facebook, WhatsApp and Snapchat.
While this isn't the revolution many are predicting, it's certainly a start.