Twitter has decided to roll out a new change that will alter how users of the social media platform are able to interact. In the past, if two Twitter followers were not following each other, you could not send and receive direct messages.
However, Twitter has now allowed users the option to enter their settings and set up their account so that any follower is able to shoot them a direct message.
To make the change, simply go to your settings and check the box that reads, “Receive direct messages from any follower.” (pictured above)
Of course, the box comes with an additional message just to make sure you understand what you are about to do.
“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.”
It is a good way to encourage interaction, but it also may open up your account to receive more spam than usual.
For athletes, they need to be extra cautious now about who they engage with. Replying to any of the direct messages could easily result in a screen shot and some unnecessary drama.