Could a stand-alone DM app let Twitter take on BBM, WhatsApp, and Facebook?

Twitter preparing refresh of direct messages, may launch standalone messages app

Twitter appears to be planning a revamp of its direct messaging feature, possibly including the launch of a standalone application for the feature. Recently, the company began allowing people to receive direct messages from all users, should they choose, including those that they do not follow. But Twitter may also preparing a standalone app for direct messages, which could arrive later this year, according to All Things D:

But Twitter’s new vision for direct messages will go further. It has kicked around the idea of launching a standalone direct-messaging application separate from the Twitter app, according to three people familiar with the matter. It is unclear, however, what form the final revamp of direct messages will take.

Twitter is also preparing a major refresh of its mobile app for later this year, and its possible that direct messages will have a more prominent place then. It's quite a change from just a couple of years ago, when Twitter's app was redesigned, and direct messages moved, almost hidden away. Completely discontinuing direct messages was discussed at one point as well.

But Twitter seems to have caught on to the fact that users often want a way to message their friends privately. Messaging apps like WhatsApp are increasing in popularity, and Facebook has its own standalone messaging app. Twitter may be hoping that a renewed focus on direct messages will help solve its growth issues ahead of their upcoming IPO.

How do you use Twitter's direct messages? Would you want a standalone app for them? Let us know in the comments.

Source: All Things D

Joseph Keller

Joseph Keller is a news reporter for iMore. He's also chilling out and having a sandwich.

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There are 11 comments. Add yours.

agarwal.apar says:

I doubt I will be using it, BBM all the way

ArgonNJ#CB says:

BBM hasn't been released yet and who knows if it ever will.

GuyBey0ndC00L says:

No stay alone app for me I'm using Twitter less and less these days. Twitter only has good has who you follow.

falconeight says:

This will kill all messaging apps as we know it. BBM has no chance.

Brutal Efficiency says:

BBM absolutely has a fighting chance.

BBM is fantastic. Especially when you have over 2 billion $ behind it.

ArgonNJ#CB says:

Let me know how that goes if BB ever releases it. As of now, it's just vaporware.

BBPandy says:

I wouldn't call it Vaporware because we have seen it on Android & iOS, & those who were quick enough to get BBM on iOS B4 they pulled it are still using it.

That being said.....WHERE IS IT?

Pritam Das says:

i doubt it. I wouldn't consider twitter as a messaging platform. Cause like the majority on twitter, i follow my interests from various fields. They of course wouldn't chat with me :) ya for those who have all their real life friends in their following/followers lists.. It can be considerable i think. I don't have, so i wouldn't.

theKHMERboy says:

Well I wouldn't really care since I don't use twitter and yes I am still waiting for bbm to arrive to iOS

Abdul Razzak1 says:

Download the latest twitter app with Direct Messages capability from here -