The rumours have been circulating for a while and today Twitter has finally started to roll out group messaging for direct messages.
Previously direct messaging on Twitter was limited to one-to-one conversations, and both users had to be following each other to be able to exchange replies.
The new functionality allows users to start conversations with a group of their followers, and members of that group don’t need to be following each other to participate in the chat.
Groups can be setup with a couple of taps, and you’ll see a notification when you’ve been added to a chat.
Product director Jinen Kamdar writes about the update on the official Twitter blog.
Private conversations on Twitter are a great complement to the largely public experience on the platform. You might prefer to read (or watch) Tweets but converse about them privately. You might want to continue a public conversation privately with a smaller group, or start one based on a Tweet you saw. Many of you use Direct Messages to reach the people and brands you’re only connected to on Twitter. Whatever the case may be, the ability to converse privately with groups gives you more options for how and with whom you communicate on Twitter.
Check the video below for a closer look at how group messaging works.