Twitter has unveiled a couple of changes to its Direct Message (DM) functionality. They announced the new features in a short video posted to their own Twitter account on Thursday.
The following was the statement from twitter;
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
The new features include;
- Read receipts
Users will be notified that there messages have been delivered and read with a series of ticks – as is the case on WhatsApp. Once a message has been sent, a grey tick will indicate that the message has been delivered. Immediately it’s read by the recipient it will turn blue. If you added more than one person to the DM conversations, the ticks only turn blue once everybody has view the message. Read receipts will be available both on Android and iOS.
- Typing indicators
You will now see three little dots pulsating next to the person’s picture if they are busy typing a reply. The typing indicator will also be available both on Android and iOS.
- Web link previews
Whenever you post a like to something now in a DM, it will display a short preview of where the link goes. The media rich web link previews will be available both on mobile apps and on the web.
You’ll need the most recent version of the app to access these new features.
Read receipts are enabled on default, but users are able to switch it off by going to;
- Go to the Settings page
- Then click Security and Privacy
- Head to the Direct Messages tab
- To disable read receipts uncheck the send/receive read receipts.