This could be interesting. As shared by social media expert Matt Navarra, Twitter is working on a new option which would enable you to more easily locate any content - including tweets, images and links - that's been shared within your direct message conversations.
As you can see here, when you tap on the information icon in the top right of any Twitter message exchange, you can access these features, where you can block or report a conversation, or mute future notifications for that specific exchange.
In this new variation, there's also a 'Shared Content' feature, which, when tapped, takes you to a listing of all the various things that have been shared between those people, or within that group, in private.
It could be a handy way to keep track of discussions, or find that thing you were talking about with your friend a few days back.
And given the rise in messaging on every social platform, it makes sense for Twitter to add in another way to better manage your private discussions - in fact, this is just the latest in a line of more recent Twitter DM updates, underlining the platform's efforts to facilitate more direct conversation within the app.
As an example, in the last few months Twitter has:
- Added a new tweet sharing option which prompts users with direct sharing links via DM to the people they most regularly communicate with
- Begun testing a DM search option, which would enable you to more easily locate your DM discussions by name
- Started trialing a new option which prompts users to send a DM to new followers to welcome them personally
The emphasis would suggest that Twitter is seeing increasing DM usage, which could also lead to more messaging options and tools coming in the near future.
There's no word on any official launch date for this new feature, or for DM search function, but with Twitter looking to focus on DM improvements, you can likely expect to see them 'in the wild' sometime soon.