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Twitter now allows direct messages from any follower, regardless of followback

Twitter now allows direct messages from any follower, regardless of followback

For those of you who use Twitter, here’s some useful news.

From The Verge:

Twitter is rolling out an option to ease the use of direct messages. Traditionally, Twitter has allowed users who follow each other to send direct messages back and forth, or for users to send direct messages to accounts that follow them. A new setting, that appears to have been rolling out over the past week, allows Twitter users to receive direct messages from any follower.

I was concerned when I first read that.  I appreciate my followers, but I don’t know all of them. (I also follow most people through lists now, rather than all of them directly).  So I prefer to try and keep a handle on who can DM me.   Also, spam.  Also, trolls.

I can see the benefits too, but I prefer to have the choice.

Thankfully, this followed:

“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,” says a note before the option is turned on.


Yep, the option is there now.  I looked, and the setting was available on my own account.

To control this setting on your Twitter account, simply go to “Settings” in the drop-down menu.  On the “Account” page, you’ll find the setting in the middle of the page under the “Content” heading.  You don’t need to do anything if you want it to remain as before, where both accounts had to follow each other in order to DM.


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Mandy…This is probably a nearly unprecedented admission, but this ol’T-Rex don’t do tweety and facey. Not just that…I DON’T “GET” them. Why would one “follow” Breezy and Buffy and Binker and the other 17-year olds?

Guess I just gave a ‘Tell’, huh..?

Unashamed, yet nearly lifelong entertainment industry Doofus.

I’m glad you’re allowed to opt out.

I don’t have a lot of followers myself, but I can imagine it would be quite a problem for people with huge numbers of followers, especially when one of those stupid trojans that spread via DM start going around. I can’t imagine someone like you would appreciate 10,000 or more direct messages saying “OMG, have you seen what they’re saying about you?? Click here —> [insert malware link here]”.

For the life of me, I can’t fathom why this DM feature has been added. I would like to know the reasoning behind this.

Selective list following is virtually mandatory when having a large follower count, otherwise the flood of followers’ tweets are so rapid fire one can not possibly deal with it.

My follower count is in excess of 14,000 and there is no way I can track what 14,000+ followers are tweeting 24/7/365.

Having read and analyzed the comments above and thought deeply deep on the subject of thousands of deep tweety followers…I’m beyond mega-grieving that I remain NOT Getting It.