Twitter's direct messaging feature ("DM" for short) has long been a way for users to communicate privately in one-on-one conversations with their followers. But recently, Twitter launched an update to the DM feature that allows for group messaging with multiple users -- up to 20 in one message.
In this post, we'll talk about the details of the group message function. Then, we'll go over how to create a group message from scratch, how to add members to a pre-existing group message, and how to share tweets in a group message. Let's get to it.
In a blog post on Twitter's official blog, Product Director Jinen Kamdar reiterated the importance of direct messaging: "Private conversations on Twitter are a great complement to the largely public experience on the platform. You might prefer to read (or watch) tweets but converse about them privately."
Now, you can expand the conversation to an entire group of users at once. Here's what you need to know:
Sending a DM to multiple users on Twitter is very similar to sending a DM to a single user. Here's what you need to do.
On desktop, this is at the top left of your screen. On mobile, this is at the bottom of your screen.
On mobile, this is the chat bubble icon at the top right of your screen.
Group DMs, like one-on-one DMs, have a 140-character limit. You can add photos to group DMs just as you can with one-on-one DMs.
On mobile, you'll have to click into the tweet to see the ellipsis. You can also view all users in the group and leave the group by way of this menu.
They will not be able to see previous messages exchanged before they were added.
While public tweets are great places to have conversations, they're also a great place to find conversation starters, writes Kamdar in his blog post. He urges users to "spark conversations and support your points of view by sharing tweets from your timeline, even if they're from people who aren't part of the direct message."
Here's how to share tweets with a group.
Your accompanying message has a 116-character limit.
That's it! Want to learn more about direct messages on Twitter? Click here.
Originally published Feb 10, 2015 12:00:00 PM, updated August 26 2017