Twitter is rumoured to be looking into creating a standalone direct message app, just days after the platform began rolling out the ability for people to receive DMs from those who they are not following.
AllThingsD reports that three sources have said the social media service is looking to launch the app separate from Twitter, but it is unsure that form it will take.
If true, the system could rival that of personal messaging services WhatsApp and KakaoTalk.
Twitter, which is planning to go public, has made various changes over the past months, including allowing marketers using Twitter’s AdProducts to schedule organic or promoted tweets up to a year in advance and rumours that it will loosen that 140-character limit.
This week it began allowing users to opt-in to receive direct messages from people they do not follow. This has currently led to some ‘technical issues’, which means people are having difficulties sending URLs in direct messages.
The Drum is currently awaiting a reply from Twitter on the rumours of the direct message service.