Twitter now lets you send direct messages to people who don’t follow you.
The update, which was released today, means users don’t have to follow you, to let you send them a direct message.
In a blog post, Twitter explains: “Previously, if you wanted to send a Direct Message to the ice cream shop down the street about how much you love their salted caramel flavor, you’d have to ask them to follow you first.
“With today’s changes, the ice cream shop can opt to receive Direct Messages from anyone; so you can privately send your appreciation for the salted caramel without any barriers.”
To enable this feature, you visit Twitter’s setting page and under privacy, click the box that says “Receive Direct Messages from anyone.”
If you turn on this feature, you can also reply to anyone who sends you a DM, whether they follow you or not.
Twitter have also included a new Direct Message button on profile pages on Android and iPhone.
The company said: “We hope these changes help you connect more easily — and directly — on Twitter with the people, causes and businesses you care about most. If you do receive a Direct Message from someone you don’t want to privately converse with, you can still take steps to stop them.”
The changes are being rolled out today to their worldwide users.