Twitter has unveiled a new interface for its direct messages on the Web, allowing you to send and receive multimedia messages without having to leave your timeline. While you currently need to open a separate section of the Twitter website to view your MDs, you can now access it from a pop-up window at the bottom right of your timeline. According to the Twitter video, it looks like an interface similar to what Facebook and LinkedIn currently offer DMs on their platforms.
It sounds like a decent improvement for the platform’s messaging interface, but Twitter ended up announcing the functionality at the worst possible time, during the worst hack to ever hit the platform. The official Twitter account announced the rollout of the feature at 4:51 p.m. ET, about half an hour after Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s Twitter account was hacked to promote a bitcoin scam.
By the end of the day, leading accounts such as Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Apple had all tweeted similar messages, which led Twitter to finally take the unprecedented step of preventing all verified accounts from fully tweeting. . The social network finally confirmed that its internal tools had been compromised, contributing to the hacking. Suffice it to say that the event has taken the wind of the sails of the announcement of the Twitter product.
ok there is also a huge bitcoin scam going on if
– Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) July 15, 2020
The new interface for DMs on Twitter, which seems to be in development since at least April of this year, follows the introduction of emoji reactions in January, as well as a new search function for DM arrived on its iOS application Last year.
Twitter reports that the new functionality is being deployed to the web.