Twitter’s direct message service has been in the news a lot this week. First, the company decided to add a new feature enabling users to allow their followers to DM without going to the trouble of following them back, which was and still is the default option.
Then, earlier today, Twitter faced a series of issues
with its direct messages service, leaving users incapable of sending out messages containing links.
Now, the media is abuzz with rumors about Twitter’s plans for the feature, indicating that the company is even looking into launching a dedicated app for direct messaging, similar to WhatsApp and Line.
According to AllThings D
, the company’s latest changes to the DM functionality are even a hint to what’s to come, namely a standalone app which is currently being discussed inside the company, three unnamed sources claimed.
It is yet unclear if this is just an idea they’re playing with or an actual product they’re working on, but any type of expansion plans should work well for the microblogging platform ahead of its IPO.
Twitter has some 230 million active users right now, which could make the new app an overnight success.