Twitter just released an update for its mobile app that puts a bigger focus on Direct Messaging than it ever has before, and makes moving between "Timelines" as easy as a swipe.

In the update, the company moved the Direct Messaging feature to the bottom navigation screen, letting users send and read any unread messages from any time they're in the app. That's not all for DM, though: Twitter also is letting users Direct Message pictures, which puts the app in line to compete strongly with other apps like Snapchat and Whatsapp. In another change with the update, the company moved "Discover" and placed it in a swipeable tab called "Timelines," located to the right. Users can see their Home, Discover, and Activity sections all under one tab, needing just a swipe to change between them at a moment's notice.


It's not a huge redesign, but in spirit, it is. The DM feature in recent versions has been hidden under different menus, and almost seemed it was going to get phased out just as Facebook did with the Poke feature. Twitter pretty much brought the DM back from the dead, giving it a shot of steroids in the process. 

Just be careful to make sure you're not tweeting out your sexts instead of DMing them.

[via Engadget]