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Twitter announces Desktop Notifications for Direct Messages, is rolling it out in phases

Twitter announces Desktop Notifications for Direct Messages, is rolling it out in phases

by AshwinAugust 25, 2015

Twitter is rolling out a new feature for desktop users of its social networking website.


The micro blogging service’s new option is Desktop Notifications.

Up until now, the only way web users are notified about Direct Messages, in their inbox, is when the website places an unread count badge on the messages tab, which is just above the timeline

VentureBeat was told by Twitter that the Desktop Notifications, will be displayed in the top-right corner of the browser. It isn;t the most convenient way, nor is it instantly noticeable, if you are too engrossed in reading tweets. Of course, you will still be notified by email, as the option is enabled by default, but that requires you to be logged in to your email, which can be a minor annoyance.

“Notifications appear on the top right side of the screen when a Direct Message is sent. Clicking the notification brings you into the modal where you read and reply to Direct Messages.”

But don’t worry it is an optional feature. So, hopefully you will not be disturbed by a notification when you are working. Twitter has not elaborated on how the Notifications work. Some users suggest that the opt-in feature, will display a Notification in the browser, regradless of whether you have a Twitter tab open or not. I don’t think this is possible without some form of a browser add-on/extension is used, which would also require the user to login to the service, to receive notifications in the background.

Twitter users who are interested in receiving Desktop Notifications for Direct Messages, can do so by enabling the option at this page.

It is unclear if the roll out is happening Worldwide, or if the feature is exclusive to the U.S. I have been trying to enable it, but so far, all the above link does, is display my existing Direct Message conversations. Reports across the web suggest that the roll out for Desktop Notifications for Direct Messages, is happening in phases. So, you may have to wait for a while until the feature is available for your account.

One thing is certain, this should work in all browsers, regardless of the platform (operating system). The image featured above shows the new Desktop Notifications for Direct Messages feature, working in Mozilla Firefox on a Mac.

Frankly it would be much better, if Twitter played a sound notification, like Facebook does when you get messages/likes, etc. On a side note, Google Search has begun displaying realtime tweets in search results.