It was just last month that Twitter announced it would make it possible for anyone to send someone a direct message as long as you’re following them. The idea was a bit different from the normal method of direct messaging, which requires both parties to follow one another. So they rolled the new feature out and many accessed it through user settings and have been enjoying it. However, now it looks like Twitter has killed the option.
This is odd because the feature was only available for a little over a month. Regardless, Twitter has decided end it and remove the option to enable this feature. So sadly you won’t be able to accept direct messages from anyone following you that you’re not also following back. Many people probably prefer this actually, but it was still nice to have the option.
There has been no comment from Twitter yet, but the company did say in the past that the direct messaging feature was a feature that was currently being tested. I guess the test didn’t go so well. Probably not enough users were using it to make it worthwhile. I wonder what they will try next.