Improving the Direct Messages function in Twitter, the social media company appears to hope to be able to compete with other instant messaging platforms, notably iMessage. Several new features are coming to the Twitter platform and their Direct Message function that will help Twitter keep pace with the market.
The two leading functions that Twitter is adding are read receipts for messages and a typing indicator. The read receipts function is being implemented as a blue check mark that will appear next to the timestamp for a message when it has been read. The indicator will only be visible when using the Twitter mobile app on iOS or Android, although reading a Direct Message via the Twitter web site will generate a read receipt. For users who do not want others to know when they have read a message, they can turn off the feature via the security settings in Twitter. The downside to this is that you also turn off the ability to see when others read your messages. For the typing indicator, Twitter is using three animated dots that will display to indicate that a user is typing a response.
In addition to these new features, Twitter is also bring the web link previews feature to the Direct Messages portion of their platform. Previews are already available in the main Twitter feed, but will now be available for private conversations being conducted via Direct Messages.
Some sources have suggested Twitter may be moving to splitting Direct Messages off into a separate app for instant communication purposes. This would be a move similar to what Facebook did with their Messenger app.
Does the addition of these features to Twitter make you more likely to use Direct Messages as your instant messaging client?
New! Direct Messages are more dynamic than ever with read receipts, typing indicators, and web link previews. pic.twitter.com/VEU92V5Gqj
— Twitter (@twitter) September 8, 2016