As you probably already know, Twitter has never allowed their users to send direct messages (DMs) to other users who don’t follow them. But as of today, that is no longer the case.
A new security setting is being rolled out right now that will let any Twitter user opt to receive DMs from any other Twitter user, whether they follow them or not.
If you prefer not to receive DMs from non-followers you won’t have to do a thing because the new feature is disabled by default.
If, on the other hand, you would like to change the setting and start receiving DMs from people you don’t follow, here is how to do it:
1 – Log into your Twitter account.
2 – Click on the thumbnail of your profile picture (it’s located at the top of the window beside the search box). A drop-down menu will appear.
3 – Click Settings.
4 – Click the Security and privacy link over in the left-hand column.
5 – Scroll all the way to the bottom and check the box beside Receive Direct Messages from anyone.
6 – Click Save changes.
That’s all there is to it. From now on any Twitter user will be able to send you direct messages, even if you do not follow them.
Note: YOU will still be unable to send DMs to any users who don’t follow you and haven’t changed their settings to allow DMs from people they don’t follow.