You’ve now mastered Tweeting and Replying to your fellow twitterers but maybe you want to message a user without the rest of the world seeing it. No problem. Just type “d”, then a space, then the username of the person you would like to send your message to. So if my boss wanted to send me a message from our company account it would look like this:
What’s so great about Direct Messages?
Well, there are a couple great things about direct messages:
- Mobile alerts. If the user you’re sending your message to has mobile alerts set up they will receive your tweet via txt message.
- Email alerts. If the user you’re sending your message to has email alerts set up under notifications they will receive your tweet via email.
- Privacy. Direct messages are only viewable by the person who receives the message.
- Greeting new followers. Direct messages are a great way to personally greet new followers without cluttering your twitter stream with redundant introductions. You can even automate this with tools like SocialToo.