Twitter Intros Option to Share Tweets via Direct Messages
Article by George Norman
On 21 Nov 2014
Thanks to Direct Messages (DM), you can send private messages to any of your followers. I had to bring that up, just to make sure that everyone is on board. With the introduction out of the way, here are the news!

Twitter just introduced a new way of sharing tweets with others: privately share tweets with your followers by using the aforementioned Direct Messages function.


The option to share tweets via DM is available for multiple platforms: Twitter for iOS, Twitter for Android, the website, and TweetDeck for web, Chrome, or Windows (TweetDeck for OS X will get this new feature soon – Twitter did not provide a release date).

How to Share Tweets via DM on iOS and Android

Find a tweet in your timeline that is worth sharing and long-press it. As you do so, a menu will show up – among other options, it features a “Share via Direct Message” option. Select the person you want to share the tweet with, enter a custom piece of text, and tap “Send.”

How to Share Tweets via DM on and TweetDeck

Find a tweet that is worth sharing with someone else and select the “••• More” icon and then choose the “Share via Direct Message” option. After you send the tweet, the person you sent it to will get a push notification. The tweet you sent will be displayed directly in the conversation.

The option to share a tweet via Direct Messages presented above is one of several improvements that Twitter will implement in the coming months. VP of Product at Twitter, Kevin Weil, presented these upcoming improvements last week. Here’s the link to Kevin Weil’s announcement, if you’re interested in reading the whole thing.

In related news, Mozilla recently announced that it is replacing Google as the default search provider for its Firefox web browser. In the US, Google will be replaced by Yahoo! as the default search provider. Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, eBay, Amazon, Wikipedia and Twitter will be presented as search alternatives to Firefox users in the US.

Tags: Twitter, Direct Messages, tweet, share, privacy, Mozilla, Firefox, Google
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