Earlier this week, Twitter finally gave users the option of receiving Direct Messages from followers they weren't following. But this may only be the beginning of more changes to come.

All Things D is reporting that Twitter is revving up a release of its own stand-alone messaging app to help it compete with the growing list of messaging apps currently out there. Many had previously thought that the DM would be a feature that Twitter would eventually kill off, but now it seems far from that. But why another messaging app? Between iMessage, Kik, WhatsApp, Skype, Hangouts, MessageMe, FB Messenger and Viber, the market is already crowded; and if people weren't already using DM that often, would a standalone app be any more of an incentive to do so? (I haven't ever downloaded the FB Messenger app, though I message people on Facebook pretty often.) Unless Twitter has a special new feature up its sleeve—and they probably do—I don't see the importance of creating a stand-alone app rather than just revamping the layout of the DM within the original Twitter app. ATD says that the app will be coming in the "near future," so we won't have long to wait to find out.

[via All Things D]