Twitter May Launch New Features to Simplify Direct Messages, Retweets


Twitter is said to be working on a couple of new features that could make it easier to manage direct messages and retweeting. The first time someone sends you a direct message on Twitter, it arrives in the form of a message request. You have the option to either accept or delete the message(s), or report or block the sender. And unless an action is taken, the sender does not know if the message has been read. Such requests are segregated in a separate list than your accepted DMs.

The microblogging site could soon introduce a new option to let users mute these incoming DM requests. This will take the one-sided chats on Twitter to the end of your message request list, making it easier for you to defer taking any further action. As intended, you will not be notified of future messages in the same conversation and you can simply ignore the requests without explicitly blocking the senders. One less reason to lock new DM requests entirely.

The feature is not live on Twitter yet, nor do we have an official word on when it arrives. Reverse engineering expert, Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane), was the first to spot it.
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The other thing that Wong has spotted is that Twitter is also working on simplifying retweets. The new feature eliminates the need of choosing between retweeting and quoting a tweet from a dropdown when you hit the retweet button. The new option will directly open the tweet composer when you hit retweet. Add some text to quote a tweet or just leave the box empty to post a simple retweet. It saves an extra click for those who, more often than not, prefer adding their thoughts to their retweets.

The two subtle yet useful leaks add to a growing list of features that Twitter is said to be working on. The one more eagerly awaited feature, spotted again by Wong, is Birdwatch. It’s an attempt by Twitter to crowdsource feedback and reign in on the spreaders of misinformation giving the platform a bad name.

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