There are many stories circulating this morning like this one.
According to reports, this will be an opt-in feature. You need to go to your settings and enable this in order to let it happen.
I think that this is something that everyone needs to consider carefully.
- Think of the unsolicited emails that we get regularly
- Think of the unsolicited phone calls that you get during supper hours when phone solicitors know that you’re home
I attach no value to these. I don’t open the emails and the phone calls get a “click” before they’re too far along in their pitch. I just can’t imagine a scenario where I want to open my private messages on Twitter to anyone who wishes to send me a message that way. I already get plenty of messages with link bait from people who have had their accounts hacked. Do I really want to add to that? I don’t think so.
I’m also concerned about mobile where often it’s more difficult to judge the source of the message. (especially in bright daylight)
Fortunately, the reports are that this will be an option that you explicitly have to enable.
At this point, I don’t see me doing that.
- Silicon Alley Insider: Twitter Is Changing Direct Messages For The Worse, Making It Easier For Strangers To Spam You (businessinsider.com)
- How to Let Your Twitter Followers DM You Without Following Them Back (news.softpedia.com)
- Heaven or hell? Accept Twitter Direct Messages from anyone (chron.com)
- You Can Now Receive Twitter DMs From People You Don’t Follow (cultofmac.com)
- Twitter will now let you opt-in to receive DMs from people you don’t follow (engadget.com)
- The Thirst Is Real: Twitter Is Now Allowing People Who Don’t Follow Each Other To Send DMs (bossip.com)
- New Twitter Feature Lets You DM Those Not Following You (mashable.com)
- Twitter now allows you to receive DMs from anyone (betanews.com)
- Twitter’s changing its direct messaging policy, some journalists are ready to take advantage (niemanlab.org)
- Twitter Lets You Get DMs from Anybody, If You Want (webpronews.com)