How to Direct Message on Twitter

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The process and practice of how to direct message on Twitter are among the most popular topics for discussion for social media influencers. Whether you realize it or not, Twitter is still an important tool for you to reach out to your fellow influencers, but also for you to use as a sales and networking tool.

Don’t underestimate the power of this tool, but similarly don’t spend a lot of time figuring out how to use it. It should be quick-and-easy. You must put it to work for you immediately.

Why Are Direct Messages Important on Twitter?

There are a number of reasons that Direct Message can be a powerful tool for you.

  • Direct Message is a way to connect directly and privately with your followers on Twitter.
  • The secret DM mode will allow you to encrypt your conversations.
  • You can even now send up to 10K characters per message, which gets away from the choppy look-and-feel of the old DM messages.

Can you direct message on twitter without them following you?

The process of sending a Direct Message or DM starts when you follow another person on Twitter. Here’s how to Direct Message on Twitter.

  1. Search for the person (or people) you want to connect with on Twitter here.
  2. Click “Follow” to connect with that person.
  3. If the person you’re trying to DM has opted in to receive messages from anyone, you can search for the person and send the person a message via the “Compose” section here. (You can also send the person a DM if you’ve sent them a DM in the past.)
  4. If the person has opted out of “receive messages from anyone,” the person must follow you back in order for you to be able to send him or her a DM. If the person does not follow you back, you can send a public Tweet message to the person by using the “@” and their Twitter username, also known as a Twitter handle.

There are lots of reasons that a person you follow on Twitter might not follow you back, and why the person may opt-out to “receive a message from anyone.”

Be prepared to find other, more creative ways to reach the person if it’s essential that you connect with them. If it’s a sales or networking situation, you can reach out to the person via LinkedIn to see if you can reach him or her that way. Or you may also be able to make direct contact with the person by reaching out to them via normal business channels.

Next Steps: How to Make Direct Messages On Twitter Work for You?

Using a Direct Message or DM on Twitter can be a great way to send secure messages for sales and networking, but you also need to take care in how you use this powerful tool. Before you reach out in a professional capacity via Twitter DM, take these tips to heart.

  • Check your Twitter profile. Make sure that your profile is presentable and compelling.
  • Check your Tweets. If this is a business Twitter account, you probably don’t have to worry too much, because your tweets will likely be professional and related to the topic you’d like to discuss via DM. If it’s a personal account, consider how your profile might appear to your professional contacts. Are the tweets just irrelevant, or could they be considered offensive?
  • Check for relevancy. Is Twitter DM really the best way to reach this contact, but also is the reason for your DM really that important? You don’t want to be seen as a contributor to noise at that moment when you have a critical need to connect with that person.
  • Check your message. Does your message specifically speak to a topic or concern of interest to your target Twitter content, or do you come off as a spammy salesperson who is mass-messaging your contacts (and should thus be ignored or wors, reported).

The DM works best when you already have a relationship with your contact when you’ve had an ongoing conversation, and when you’ve already shown that your messaging is on-point and relevant to the concerns of your Twitter contact. Be strategic with when and how you use your direct contacts and don’t waste your time (or their time).


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Laura Rike is a Pinterest Powerhouse. She helps high-performing business owners, content creators & influencers (like YOU) grow PROFITABILITY the right way with SUSTAINABLE systems, so you can be found first without tantrums over tech and trading sleep for success. She has helped clients and students bring in over 50k+ in revenue month after month. Laura’s clients have become industry leaders with 6-figure and up businesses, most now found on page one of Google and growing sustainably with targeted email leads daily. With over 3.2 Million monthly viewers on Pinterest alone, Laura has been featured as a guest on podcasts like Ultimate Marketer, Twin Cities Collective, and Small Business Revival