According to multiple sources for AllThingsD, Twitter plans to overhaul its direct messaging service, making it less an afterthought and more of a prominent feature for its users. Direct messaging may become so important that it will even get its own stand-alone app.
Twitter has already made steps towards opening up direct messaging by allowing users to send and receive direct messages without having to follow each other. This change makes it easy for two people to converse privately without worrying about their follower list. Available now to a select few, this open form of direct messaging is slowly rolling out to the public.
According to AllThingsD, the company has also tossed around the idea of a stand-alone direct messaging client that would exist outside the official Twitter app. Details on this app are not available, but it sounds very similar to Facebook’s Messenger app which is a stand-alone app to exchange messages with your Facebook friends.
As it gears up for its IPO next month, Twitter may be looking at ways to compete with the recent deluge of personal messaging apps including WhatsApp, Snapchat and others. Twitter recently announced it would list on the New York Stock Exchange and is targeting November 15th for its first day of trading.
Would you use a stand-alone direct messaging app from Twitter or do you prefer to keep everything bundled together in one app?