I figured since the majority of people that are online are also on Twitter, I would dedicate a post to Twitter in regards to direct messages. Doesn’t the word direct messages or DM make you cringe? I know anyone who is an avid Twitter user or really enjoys interacting on the platform can’t stand spam! Twitter has definitely seen an increase in spam from bots and people in general. So I thought, why not make a post explaining 10 reasons why Twitter should remove direct messages from their platform. If this post goes viral and a lot of people help spread the word about it, maybe we can end all the spam on Twitter and go back to have meaningful conversations.
1. The first and most obvious reason why Twitter should do away with direct messages is they are flat out annoying!
2. If the purpose of direct messages is to get in contact directly with someone, why not just send them an @reply? It’s the exact same thing and Twitter users always check their @replies not their DM’s.
3. Direct messages especially the ones you receive for following someone are SPAM! Nobody needs a DM saying, “thanks for following me, I look forward to your tweets, now check out my website.”
4. DM inboxes become flooded. Just think you wake up in the morning to 40 pointless DM’s asking you to buy something or promoting a website. Nothing valuable to contribute to the conversation. People just stop checking their DM’s for this very reason.
5. Most people say they can’t keep up to respond to their DM’s because they receive so many. So what do you do to fix this? Prevent people from sending you auto DM’s when you follow them by following these 4 steps by Social Oomph.
6. Direct messages can become overbearing to a person and then it could be the reason why they stop following you. There are many people who unfollow those that send DM’s!
7. There’s no positive effects from direct messages. With how viral Twitter has become and the success it has achieved, DM’s tamper with that success and if they are removed, you (Twitter) will make the whole community very happy!
8. If you need to send someone a personal message that nobody else can see…that’s what email is for! Why would you email someone through Twitter with a DM? It makes no sense to me or anyone else for that matter.
9. There’s a saying…“Give the people what they want!” If the people at Twitter are wondering what their users would want to make their experiences better it would be to remove direct messages.
10. My last point…Did you read points 1-9? Those will lead you here to 10! END DM’S NOW!
Do you feel the same way I do about direct messages on Twitter? If not, I’d really like to hear why. I’m sure though many of you want the DM aspect of Twitter to be eliminated just as much as I do! Hopefully this post will spread throughout the internet and reach the people at Twitter. So, click the TWEET button at the top left corner to help get the message out there!