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8 Unexpected and Useful Ways to Use Twitter Group DMs

Angela Randall 28-07-2015

Recently, Twitter’s oft-neglected Direct Message (DM) tool added a group DM function, a feature that was well-received, but then seems to have gone nowhere. This should not be the case as it’s incredibly useful.


Twitter Group DM

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Ultimately, it comes down to both knowing how the feature works and then really thinking about some awesome use-cases for the tool.

How Twitter Group DMs Work

You can invite anyone who follows you to a group DM, and the people you have invited can then invite anyone who follows them to the conversation. Participants don’t need to be following each other — only the relationship of the guest to the person doing the inviting counts.

Add Members Group DM Twitter


The overall Twitter group DM limit is 50 people, but with carefully chosen conversations for each group you may well find that’s plenty. We’ll go into that soon.

The Twitter group DM API isn’t yet up and running, so third-party apps won’t work with group chats. To give group DMs a go you’ll need to use the official Twitter app on your mobile device or the web, or use the Twitter-owned Tweetdeck.

Setting up a group DM is as simple as starting a regular DM one-on-one, but you just keep adding new people to the conversation. You can also send emoji, videos, and pictures as per regular DMs. Posting a link to a tweet from your timeline will embed a clickable tweet within your group conversation, including any media and links. The tweet doesn’t have to be from someone in the group DM.

Guiding the Conversation

Something new for Twitter DMs now that you’re using a group is that you can rename the chat group. This is a vital part of guiding the conversation that will take place within each group DM, and essentially will help the participants to understand who else might be a good fit.


Group Chat Screenshot Changing Name

Through encouraging your contacts to invite new people to the group chat you will expand your network of trusted peers on Twitter. And the best way to do that is with a useful purpose in mind for each group chat. Here are some great ideas.

Co-Worker Team Chat

If a team of your co-workers are all working on the same project, it makes sense to have a group chat going somewhere. Even if you use something like Slack for communication, the Twitter option might be easier for some participants.

In particular, if the team in question is managing the Twitter account Tweetdeck Teams: How to Manage or Share a Twitter Account If you share a Twitter account with others, perhaps managing a brand or just running a cool creative handle, then Tweetdeck just got a whole lot better. Say hello to the new Tweetdeck Teams. Read More for your company, you can use this avenue to discuss your plans and responses. It’s the perfect way to keep everyone on track.


Upcoming Twitter Chat Reminders

If you run or regularly participate in a Twitter chat, it is usually a good idea to give a reminder to your most active participants via Twitter beforehand. As most people have notifications turned on for their Twitter DMs, setting up a group for your most prolific tweeters might be the ideal way to make sure they turn up on time.

Casual Networking

There’s a great networking trick I heard from James Altucher, in that it’s a great idea to introduce two people you know to each other every day. So, once you have those two people in mind, use a Twitter DM chat to make the introduction.

It’s far more personable than LinkedIn introductions, and the other participants can very quickly take a look at each other’s profiles to see if they’re likely to get along. Plus, you’ll still be in the loop to keep the conversation going and make sure they really understand why they should know each other.

Topical Ninja Groups

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If you’re really lucky, your friends may invite their favourite “SEO Ninjas” to join the group chat, and so on, and so on. And then all of a sudden you may find you’re chatting to Matt Cutts himself. Now, that would be neat.

Family Group DM Chat

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Now you can keep that passive-aggressive photo of the pile of dishes to yourselves. Great!

Inner Circle Of Your Most Loyal Followers

If you’re running a business account on Twitter, you may want to foster a small community of your most loyal followers. This could both make them feel more loyal to you as a brand and bring you help for your campaigns when you most need it.

Threading Conversations

Similar to the idea of basic team chats on group DMs, you could use the named conversation feature as a way to keep track of threads between certain members of your company. For instance, you might have one thread just for your “Website Redesign” and another for your “Content Creation”.

Group DM Notification History

Even if the same people participate in each group DM chat, this could ensure that the conversations for each topic are easier to follow. The possibilities are endless.

Get Your Group On

Okay, so you might not meet someone quite so prominent as Matt Cutts, but through Twitter group DM chats you’ll no doubt meet many fascinating people who love the same things you do. And that’s definitely going to make your Twitter experience more fun and valuable to you, don’t you think?

Once you start a group chat it will remain in your notification history to be revived whenever a participant has something new to add. So, even a short-lived chat has the potential to be interesting later on. You’ve really got nothing to lose by trying to connect some friends and have some fun.

What other ways can you think of to use group Twitter DM chats? Have you been invited to any surprisingly interesting group chats? Tell us!

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  1. Melinda
    October 26, 2016 at 12:21 am

    Somehow I was deleted from a DM group. Now none of the members can add me back in. How do we do this?

  2. Arzo
    December 29, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    I can't add a friend in a group. why is that. please help.

  3. Amrinder Singh
    December 8, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Now Twitter group DM limit is 75 people.

  4. Anonymous
    December 2, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    thank you Angela for this post. I heard a lot about Twitter Group DMs and I think that it's good idea. It's really great article and I would like to place this information in my welcome and maybe here you will find more information about folllowers