Twitter Update: This Is What The New Message Button On Tweets Does

We've been able to share tweets via private message since November 2014, but now it's a whole lot easier to do. The option to send a tweet as a message from the tweet itself, as opposed to selecting the option from a pop up menu, has been implemented from today.

Image: Twitter

Image: Twitter

"Every day, millions of people send Direct Messages to communicate privately with friends, family, experts, brands, and anyone else they find interesting on Twitter," Twitter said in a statement about the new feature. "In fact, we've seen the number of messages sent grow over 60 per cent in 2015. And the number of Tweets shared privately has grown even faster, at 200 per cent in just the second half of last year."

Users of the platform have also been vocal about wanting to make this easier to do, according to Twitter, so something has been done about it. "In just a few taps," Twitter says "you can share unique Twitter content from your timeline right into your private conversation".

This update Twitter's next step towards "making conversations richer" in Direct Messages, it says. "Over time, we've added more ways to express yourself using GIFs, emojis, or realllllllyyyyy long private messages, helped you connect with a group of people, and made it easy to get customer service."

If you can't see the message button, which will be on both Android and iOS versions of Twitter, you'll need to update your app.

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