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Twitter releases Direct Message changes

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People can now send you a direct message on Twitter even if you don’t follow them.

But there’s no need to worry about being bombarded with DMs from strangers and stalkers. The option is off by default and you can activate it by going to Twitter’s main settings page. The option is gradually coming out to all users so you might not have it yet. 

Look for Messages: Receive direct messages from any follower. The explanation says, "Generally, you must follow someone before they have the ability to direct message you. If you check this option, any Twitter user that follows you will be able to send you a DM, regardless of whether you decide to follow them back."

This option probably appeals most to brands and businesses but Twitter seems to have made another change that could put an end to spam. Users are reporting that they can no longer send links in DMs.

Twitter’s help center page states, “We're restructuring back-end elements of our direct message system. As a result, users may be unable to send some URLs in direct messages. We apologize for the inconvenience.”

However, email addresses and links to Facebook.com, Twitter.com, and Instagram.com can still be sent.




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