On Monday, Twitter announced some major changes to its direct-messaging feature through the popular social networking platform.

While it used to be that two users needed to be following one another to be able to privately direct message each other, rather than Tweeting out to the public, Twitter's changes on Monday make it so that with the flip of a switch, users will be able to direct message people and be direct-messaged whether the two users are following each other or not.

The feature works both for one-on-one direct messages, or for group direct messages. On Twitter's Blog, they outline the new features that are being launched today:

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Changes include:

  • A setting that allows you to receive Direct Messages from anyone, even if you donít follow them. To change your settings follow these instructions.
  • Updated messaging rules so you can reply to anyone who sends you a Direct Message, regardless of whether or not that person follows you.
  • A new Direct Message button on profile pages on Android and iPhone. Youíll see it on the profiles of people you can send Direct Messages to.
Twitter's goal in launching these new features is to help users connect better on a more personal level without the barriers that used to make Twitter very limited unless you knew the person you were trying to get in contact with.

Sources: Twitter