Twitter announces a new update early this Thursday which aims to make the social app way more competitive with messaging regulars. This includes the newly upgraded iMessage arriving on iOS10. Twitter says it’s releasing more number of new Direct Messages features comprising things like typing indicators, Read Receipts, and web link preview for instance.

Typing indicators and Read receipts are the features which are quite common in all present day mobile messaging apps like Facebook and WhatsApp Messenger. Now, Twitter will also notify which user have seen the shared post on group messages, or will indicate “Seen by everyone” when the whole group sees the item. Many users turn off this, as will not welcome Read Receipts. Twitter provides the similar option in settings to disable, so they don’t feel any pressure to respond to their messages.

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Commenting on the new update, the company has tweeted “New! Direct Messages are more dynamic than ever with read receipts, typing indicators, and web link previews.”

Another new addition web link previews aim to give a better Twitter experience which resembles iMessage in iOS 10, arriving this September. iMessage offers an excellent link previews of the web links sharing with a friend. For all surprise, microblogging giant hasn’t announced its support to this in Direct Messages.

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In fact, the Direct Messaging product had not seen much attention till twitter’s decision to drop the limit of 140 characters from private messaging.


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