Twitter’s New Inbox Lets You Filter Direct Messages From Strangers

A couple of years ago, Twitter began allowing users to open their Direct Messages so that anyone could send them a message. That could end up causing the DM folder to be a bit chaotic if for someone that gets a lot of messages, but now Twitter is working to change that.

Following Facebook’s lead, Twitter has introduced a new filtering system for Direct Messages, reads a new report from Engadget. Now, if you receive a DM from someone you don’t follow, it will be channeled to a new Requests folder rather than appearing in your Inbox.

The new system gives you a chance to review messages from unknown senders before you decide whether to continue the conversation. It’s a simple system that’s very similar to Facebook Message Requests, and it’s in the process of rolling out at the moment.

“If your DMs are open and someone you don’t follow messages you, it will go into requests,” the company wrote in an announcement today. “From requests, you can accept or delete that message. If you accept, it will go into your inbox.”

The ability to review Direct Message requests is rolling out to the Twitter apps for Android and iOS as well as the web.

This new Twitter feature may not be a big deal for everyone, but for folks that do receive a lot of Direct Messages, this could be a nice addition. Now they can get more control over the inbox and have an easier time keeping track of their conversations.