Twitter’s messaging service has been lagging behind the competition for a while now, but today the company is finally pushing out one awesome new feature. The social network announced on Friday that you’ll be able to quickly send a public tweet to a friend via DM. The news was teased earlier this month.
Here’s how it works: if you see an interesting tweet on your smartphone or tablet, just hold down on it with your finger to launch the options menu. Then tap on “Share via Direct Message” to launch a list of friends you can privately message. You’ll also be able to add your own comment, which appears just below the tweet in your DM. The entire experience is pretty slick and seamless.
It’s a nice start, but Twitter will have to do a lot more if it wants to compete with messaging giants like Facebook, WhatsApp and Snapchat. The company really needs to add the ability to create private group chats, and it might not be a bad idea to launch a stand-alone messaging app for power users. Hopefully we’ll see more features rollout soon, but for now it’s nice to see Twitter finally improving Direct Messages at all.