Just like other more dedicated messaging services like WhatsApp, Twitter’s adding read receipts to private messages sent to individuals and groups.
OK, so that’s either super-convenient or super-annoying depending on where you stand on receipts but it is a smart move for a platform that needs to diversify its user base. If it can make DMs a viable ‘messenger’ product, it could steal some ground.
Frankly, it’s incredible WhatsApp still doesn’t support GIFs.
New! Direct Messages are more dynamic than ever with read receipts, typing indicators, and web link previews. pic.twitter.com/VEU92V5Gqj
— Twitter (@Twitter) September 8, 2016
Also new are typing indicators so you know just when to close the app before someone responds (jkjk) and previews of Web links.
You can, of course, turn them off – can you imagine the feedback if you couldn’t?