Twitter to Re-open Unrestricted Private Messaging

We all know that the internet isn’t always as nice as we’d like it to be and Twitter can be the perfect example of just that, with people not always being the kindest of folks to their fellow users. But now Twitter have now re-opened opt-in unrestricted private messaging for all users, meaning that anybody can send you a private message even without following them.

If this sounds familiar to some of you, it’s because Twitter did the exact same thing almost two years ago with a mixture of responses, with some feeling it was a useful feature by allowing them to connect easier with others, but others worried about the level of spam or abuse they were now subject to. The initial “experiment” was short-lived, however, with the company removing the feature after just over a month of releasing it.

Now the social media giant is back and ready to roll out the feature once again, open to all those who dare to use it. Whether or not the feature will be here to stay or whether it’ll just be another observation by twitter remains unknown as of yet, but it can be expected that we’ll see the same level of split opinions as before.

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Instagram To Get “Instagram Direct” For iOS and Android

Instagram has just launched its own private messaging service. With the latest update to version 5 of the app, you can now send images and videos directly to individuals and groups rather than have all your stalkers from the followers group see what you are doing.

You now have the option select where your image will be uploaded and sent, whether to “Followers” or “Direct”, after you’ve taken and edited your picture or video, and if you select Direct you’ll have a choice of sending to just one or several people of your liking. Once you have sent your picture, you’ll see an indication underneath the picture of who has seen and liked the photo, along with a standard Instagram comment thread underneath. It’s the same Instagram experience you know, but with a smaller audience of your choice.

You can go straight into the Direct feature of the app with a new inbox button in the top left of the home screen, where you’ll see both read and unread messages, along with “Direct Requests” from people who you don’t follow. The latest update is live in the Google Play Store and Apple AppStore, ready for you to download or update.

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