#Twitter Now Lets You Share Public Tweets Via Direct Messages

Earlier this month, Twitter gave the
community a preview of upcoming
features during its Analyst’s Day
event where it discussed changes
to the platform and revenue
streams. One of those touted
features – the ability to privately
share (aka “direct message”) a
tweet – has now gone live. Says
Twitter, “with today’s update you’ll
be able to share a Tweet privately
with any of your followers.”
On the desktop web and in the
TweetDeck application, the option
will be available by tapping the “…
More” icon then choosing “Share
via Direct Message.” On mobile,
including both the iOS and Android
application, a long press on the
tweet in a user’s timeline will offer
the option to “Share via Direct
Message,” as well.

The person who receives your
shared tweet will then get a push
notification, and the tweet itself
will display directly in the
conversation.

The new option is not exactly a
hugely demanded feature
among Twitter users, but it will be
a nice addition for those who have
private conversation on the
network, as it will allow a way for
users to transition from public
content and open discussions to
more private conversations.

On mobile, private messaging is a
growing trend where a large
number of apps now offer users
ways to communicate outside of the
public web or public social media.
Some even go a step further,
erasing messages or photos when
the conversation wraps.

Twitter has
been slowly venturing into this area
itself, expanding its DM (private
messaging) feature which more
recently has added support for
sharing links and, as of last winter,
support for photos . The company
has for a long time been
incrementally improving DMs via
other minor features like the
addition of a “recents” list and
redesigned icons , too.

“Twitter is already a great place for
public conversation; now it’s also
easier to privately discuss things
you care about,” a company blog
post proclaims, referencing the new
Tweet-to-DM feature.

The changes will be arriving today
on nearly all platforms, web and
mobile included, and on desktop
through TweetDeck. TweetDeck for
Mac, and apparently – as no
mention was made – the Twitter
desktop app are delayed in
receiving the update, however.

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