Twitter’s arguably the best way to know what’s happening around the world. The 280-character social network lets you check up on the latest news, follow your favorite celebrities, and do a lot more.
But there’s more to Twitter than just tweets. Its ‘Direct Messages’ feature lets you have a one-one-one chat with other users straight from the app. While the feature is indeed handy, most users disable the ability to receive ‘Direct Messages’ from others. Why? Because more often than not, these messages are just spam and not actually anything useful. Today, the company has introduced a new feature to tackle that problem.
If a user has ‘Direct Messages’ open under their profile, they’ll now see two sections – Inbox and Requests. While the former will have messages from users they already follow, the latter will be messages from users they haven’t followed yet.
The feature was announced by the company via a tweet.
Are your Direct Messages open, to chat privately with anyone? If so, you’ll see two sections: Inbox, with messages from people you follow; and Requests, for messages from people you don’t follow.
Requests are now filtered, so it's easier to see those useful messages. pic.twitter.com/qE76m1rhqg
— Twitter (@Twitter) August 22, 2018
More importantly, Twitter has introduced a ‘Quality filter’ option in message settings. As the name suggests, ‘Quality filter’ automatically filters low-quality (read: spammy) messages from a user’s ‘Direct Messages’ list, cleaning up the clutter a little.
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As is always the case, it may take a while for the feature to show up in your account settings.
Twitter recently announced that its ‘Twitter Lite’ app is available in 21 more countries, taking the total number of countries where the app can be used to 45. The app is a trimmed-down version of the original Twitter app. Measuring just around 3MB, ‘Twitter Lite’ is essentially a wrapper for Twitter’s mobile web experience.