How to Direct Message on Twitter

Twitter has a feature called direct messages or DMs that let you post a 280 character message to a particular person on Twitter privately. These messages won’t show up on your timeline, only seen by the recipient and the sender.

If you follow someone and they reciprocate by following you back, then you’re allowed the privilege of sending them a direct message.

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Finding Your Direct Message Inbox

Finding Your Direct Message Inbox

Log into your account and look at the top navigation bar. Clicking on the envelope icon will bring you to your direct messages.

Your direct message inbox can only hold your last 100 messages; Twitter stores the rest in their database. The company has mentioned that they are working on a way to show all your past direct messages.

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Getting To Know Your Direct Message Inbox

Getting To Know Your Direct Message Inbox

Now that you’re in the direct message inbox you’ll see any messages you have listed. At the top of your direct message inbox, you’ll see two buttons. Button one is to “mark all messages as read.” This is a handy button because you’ll often have an inbox filled with nonsense, and you don’t need to be notified that you need to read it. The second button is the “create a new message” button. Click on this button to compose a new message.

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Composing a Direct Message

Composing a Direct Message

The first thing you should do is assign whom you’ll be sending the direct message to. Then, type in your message in the form field below. Just like Tweets, you only have 280 characters to write your message in. Once you’re done, you can click the send message button.

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Adding Photos to Direct Messages

Adding Photos to Direct Messages

Twitter has added the ability to attach photos to direct messages. To send an image via direct message, all you need to do is click on the small camera icon in the bottom left corner of the compose box. You’ll then be prompted to select an image from your computer. Once you do that, you can send the message or type additional text. Images appear as previews in the direct message box.