9 September 2016
Twitter on Thursday rolled an update to its service that enables users to read receipts in Direct Messaging.
The new feature lets the service show a blue check mark next to a message’s time stamp when it has been read.
Currently, the check mark can only be seen on Twitter mobile apps (Android and iOS) but it will only be generated when messages are viewed from twitter.com.
Alongside read receipts, Twitter also added typing indicator and expanded previews for links, similar to the previews that already appear in tweets.
The read receipts and typing indicators are common features in almost all mobile messaging apps today, like Facebook Messenger and Whatsapp.
In group messages, Twitter will also indicate which people have seen the item you shared, or will note “Seen by Everyone” when the whole group has viewed your post.
However, users can either choose to enable or disable the read receipt option. It can be disabled from Twitter’s security page.
Disabling receipts will also keep you from seeing the check mark on your own sent messages.
The two features are familiar from existing chat apps like iMessage, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, but Twitter’s decision to add them suggests the Direct Messaging service is inching even closer to the capabilities of a standalone app.
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
Oluwatimilehin Boyinde is a research writer and a social media strategist. A public affairs analyst, he writes about history, politics, sports, life matters and technology. He is passionate about happenings in Local and international political arenas. He is an avid Manchester United fan and an unapologetic Nigerian.