Slide into my DM on Twitter

HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO SEND A DIRECT MESSAGE TO SOMEONE ONE WHO YOU DON'T FOLLOW TWITTER BUT IS UNABLE TO? WELL, YOU DO NOT NEED TO ANNOYINGLY FOLLOW THAT PERSON ANYMORE BECAUSE TWITTER HAS MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR ITS USERS TO SLIDE INTO DMS WITHOUT FOLLOWING FIRST.

Twitter has released a formal announcement via their handle that users can now send direct messages to other users without having to follow them first. All that is needed is an accepted request.

In their support article, they explained the whole concept behind the direct messaging on twitter's platform.

To review Direct Message requests
If you have the Receive messages from anyone setting enabled, incoming messages from people you don’t follow will appear as Requests in the Messages tab. New group conversations that you’re added to by people you don’t follow will also appear in Requests. Entering the conversation, you will be asked to either Delete or Accept the message. Accepting the message will allow you to engage with the person, and will move the message to your inbox. Please note that they will not know you have seen the message until you have accepted their request.

Deleting the message will remove it from your inbox. Note: Deleting a message will not prevent that account from sending you messages in the future. You will always have the option to block the account or report the conversation. Blocked accounts cannot send you messages unless you unblock them.

Accepting the message will allow you to engage with the person. All media will be hidden prior to accepting the message.

To disable Direct Message read receipt
Direct Messages feature read receipts so you know when people have seen your messages. When someone sends you a Direct Message and your Show read receipts setting is enabled, everyone in the conversation will know when you’ve seen it. This setting is enabled by default but you can turn it off (or back on) through your settings at any time. If you turn off the Show read receipts setting, you will not be able to see read receipts from other people.

Read receipts are only viewable on the Twitter for iOS and Android apps, and twitter.com. Please note, however, that read receipts will also be sent when you view Direct Messages on mobile web.
— https://twitter.com/Twitter/status/869608493548011520

This is a good step in the right direction because people can now reach organisations and persons of interest with Direct Messaging without having to follow them first. Smart business can also use this as a rare privilege of reaching a target audience with messages about their product or services. The downside, however, is that with the free-of-cost nature of social media, many businesses will begin to send unsolicited cum incessant direct messages to users in an uncontrollable manner. There can only be hope that a control measure will be put in place.

So, go ahead and slide into that DM.