Twitter open your DMs to everyone!
Twitter have decided that they want everyone to be able to dive into your private inbox, whether you know them or not. The women of the internet must be thrilled at the idea of loads of men who are complete strangers, dropping unsolicited photos of their chipolata sausages into their DMs.
Mercifully, you need to tick a box in the Settings and Privacy menu to activate this baffling new feature. The default setting sticks to the idea of only receiving private messages from people who mutually follow each other.
That said, if you do fancy this new thing, you can still block specific people from DMing you if you think they're going to be a pest or spam you with their latest JustGiving nonsense or event they've put on.
A Twitter blog post says: "Today, we’re changing how direct messaging works so that it’s even easier for you to communicate one-to-one or with a chosen group of people, anywhere in the world. Previously, if you wanted to send a Direct Message to the ice cream shop down the street about how much you love their salted caramel flavor, you’d have to ask them to follow you first."
"With today’s changes, the ice cream shop can opt to receive Direct Messages from anyone; so you can privately send your appreciation for the salted caramel without any barriers."
This is asking for trouble.