Thursday, November 21, 2013

Twitter Experiment Allowing Private Messages To Anyone Now Over

Twitter often experiments with new features by rolling them out to the public to use and comment on. Some eventually become permanent and others are withdrawn depending on what users think about them. The latest Twitter experimental feature was allowing private messages to any user. Prior to this you could only send private messages to a person following you. The experiment allowed anyone to private message anyone.

That experiment appears to have been rather short lived. After less than a month since its release, the latest Twitter experiment has gone up in smoke.

Does this mean that feature will make a triumphant return as a permanent part of the platform or has it gone away forever? No one knows. As usual, Twitter is not talking (or tweeting) on the subject.

Twitter, as expected, has been pretty tight-lipped about the whole thing, stating that the company is constantly releasing experiments and that this feature was just one of them. There’s no word whether we’ll see it again in another iteration or if Twitter has something bigger plans for Direct Messages.

What do you think? Was it a good feature? Does it even matter?

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