Twitter has changed the rules for direct messages, and I worry about what that means for my DM box.
Twitter's new option now lets users send direct messages to anyone they follow.
In English, now: Because I follow @ConanOBrien on Twitter, I can now send Conan a direct message If he checks this box in his settings.
I would encourage users to allow this option, as it makes it easier to connect with people in your network.
I will now write an open letter to brands looking to abuse this feature.
Just because I allow direct messages from my followers, that doesn't mean I want to hear from you. If you abuse this privilege by flooding my DM box with untimely and unwanted sales messages, I will never do business with you again, and I will probably tell my friends about the bad experience too.
Your relationship with me is fragile. Don't %@*! it up.
Oh, and if I don't follow you, chances are that I don't want to hear what you have to say anyway. If you must get in touch, feel free to use the @mention technique. If it makes sense for me, I'll get back to you.
Sincerely, Twitter User"
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