Twitter has this week announced the arrival of its Direct Message notifications on your desktop providing the ability to subscribe to brands of notifications without the need to have a Twitter account tab open.
Once users have opted in and set up the notifications, they will start to appear in the top right side of your screen. Simply click on one and you will be taken to the Twitter Direct Message interface.
Direct Messages are the private side of Twitter. You can use Direct Messages to have private conversations with Twitter users about Tweets and other content. You can start a private conversation or create a group conversation with anyone who follows you.
For more information on the new desktop feature rolled out by Twitter this week jump over to the official Twitter feed for more details and links. For more details about creating Direct Messages jump over to the Twitter help centre here.