After testing it out over the past few months, Twitter has now officially launched its new direct message chat window on desktop, which enables users to engage with their messages without having to leave their main tweet feed.
Slide into those DMs without clicking away from your timeline.— Twitter (@Twitter) July 15, 2020
Rolling out on web. pic.twitter.com/BdaeYoyPu2
As you can see here, the addition provides a mini, picture-in-picture display for your DMs, which is similar to the desktop messaging functionality on both LinkedIn and Facebook. When you get a new DM, the window will expand, and you can collapse it any time - or engage in the DM discussion via the smaller screen.
Twitter is working on docked DM window for web app pic.twitter.com/5d9W1sxbEm— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) April 14, 2020
As with all platforms, Twitter is seeing increased usage of direct messaging as people reduce their public posting activity, and it's rolled out a range of DM updates and feature additions over the past year to align with this shift.
As such, this new addition makes sense - though Twitter users will undoubtedly be upset to have their regular tweet experience interrupted by the new window popping-up when they get a message. If that sounds like you, you can also switch if off. Oh wait, no you can't, you can only minimize it.
Still, the interruptive capacity of the options is fairly minimal, and it will make it easier for some users to engage via DM.