Twitter ends direct message ‘experiment’, only followers can receive DMs

Twitter seems to have ended its ‘experiment’ which allowed users to sign up to receive direct messages from people they did not follow.

The service led to ‘technical issues’ with links after it was launched, with people having difficulty sending URLs in direct messages.

When asked about the move, Twitter points towards its experiments blog, which reads: We’ve tested various features with small groups of our 200 million users before determining what we’ll release. These tests are essential to delivering the best possible user experience.

“We also experiment with features that may never be released to everyone who uses Twitter. Those experiments are perhaps even more valuable because they help us decide what not to do –– which is important as we work to keep Twitter simple while improving the user experience. “

The move comes as Twitter is rumoured to be looking into a standalone direct message app.

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