How to Send Private Messages on Twitter

By Christina Martinez

The social networking site Twitter lets you update your status and see what’s going on in the world. The site also allows you to upload photos and share links, all within 140 characters. Direct messages are a way for users to connect with each other in a shorter, more private way. Instead of being visible to everyone, direct messages are private, just between the sender and the receiver. Users can send direct messages to friends or even to those who aren’t friends.

From Your Timeline

Step 1

Log in to your account.

Step 2

Scroll over a friend’s name in your timeline. A box should pop up. Click on the gear-shaped icon in the bottom right corner.

Step 3

Scroll down the list and click on “Direct Message (Friend’s Name).” A new window will pop up, saying “Send (Friend’s Name) a Message.”

Step 4

Type your message in the box.

Step 5

Click “Send.”

Friends

Step 1

Search through your friends. Click on who you’re following. It will be the first number in the column to the right. It will say “(Number) Following.”

Step 2

Scroll through the list until you’ve found the friend you want to send a message to.

Step 3

Click on "Send (Friend's Name) a Message" under the “Actions” column. A window will pop up.

Step 4

Type your message in the box and click “Send.”

By Profile

Step 1

Click on a person’s profile, either by searching through your friends list or by searching through the “Find People” option.

Step 2

Click on a person’s profile by selecting his icon. The person’s profile will then appear.

Step 3

Scroll over the gear icon in the main column.

Step 4

Select “Direct Message (Friend’s Name).”

Step 5

Type the message into the pop-up window and click “Send.”

Tips & Warnings

  • Not all friends will allow you to send them direct messages.
  • As with regular status updates, you're only allowed 140 characters for direct messages.

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