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Twitter Introduces Group Messaging

by Wendy Chamberlain on March 16, 2015

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Twitter users have something to rejoice today with the new features rolled out by Twitter recently. One exciting feature is the group messaging that lets users enjoy a private conversation with many people even those who don’t follow them.

With this group messaging functionality, it is now possible for Twitter users to engage in private conversations involving up to 20 people. This gives them additional options on how they want to communicate on the platform and with whom they want to get in touch with.

Public conversations can be continued privately with a smaller group or one can start a new conversation with selected people only. This is possible on Twitter.com, Twitter apps for iPhone and Android and on TweetDeck.

Group Messaging

Start a conversation by sending a direct message to people you are connected to on Twitter or those following you. Then other people in the group will have to add their contacts to create a larger group chat. They can invite
their own followers in the conversation. However, Twitter users who have been blocked by anyone taking part in the group chat can’t be invited to join.

Conversations can be done with any of your followers. People not following each other can still engage in your private conversation through the group function and they don’t necessarily have to follow all those taking part in order to join the discussion.

Whenever a person gets added to the private group conversation and a message is sent, he or she will receive a notification.

Group chats can be saved and given a name. Anyone included can, however, rename it.

How to Start a Group Conversation

To create a group message, click the envelope icon on the top navigation bar that says Messages.

Twitter direct messages

When the Direct Message pop up shows, click the New message button on the top right. Then in the search box, type the name or @username of your followers you would like to invite for the group chat.

Group direct message

After you’re included the people you want, click Next to start your group messaging. You may also add a photo if you want by clicking the camera icon at the bottom. Photos are only visible between the sender and recipients.

And take note, the 140 character limit still applies in the group message. Click the Send message button once you’re done typing your first message.

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By Wendy Chamberlain
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