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Traditionally, to receive a Direct Message on Twitter, you needed to be following that user. But Twitter is quietly experimenting a new feature which lets anyone send you a DM, whether you are following them or not. Until now, to do this you could only use Twitter DM runarounds that still didn’t do exactly what you wanted.
It’s currently an opt-in feature, which you will see in your Settings as “Receive direct messages from any follower”. Twitter explains the feature as “Generally, you must follow someone before they have the ability to direct message you. If you check this option, any Twitter user that follows you will be able to send you a DM, regardless of whether you decide to follow them back.”
While this is a great way for someone to send sensitive information to you, it can lead to harassment too. But as The Next Web notes, “If a particular user is being a nuisance, it’ll still be possible to block them and keep the checkbox on.”
Meanwhile, Twitter Ad Products users are being given the new ability to schedule tweets in all supported languages. As we have noted, picking the right time is an important part of composing tweets that your followers will want to retweet.
The Compose Tweet button on the Creatives page lets you compose a tweet and add a photo, location or card. Tweets can be delivered organically to followers, or set up to publish as part of a Promoted Tweet campaign.
Tweets are based on your time zone and can be scheduled in increments of one minute.
Of course, if you are not a Twitter Ad Products user, you can still rely on third-party apps to schedule your tweets.