To keep up with its competitors, Twitter today announced that it is revamping its direct messaging with a slew of new features including things like Read Receipts, typing indicators, and web link previews which will be rolled out in a couple of days.
Yes, remember Read Receipts? The same feature which shows a blue check mark next to a message when it has been read and that which literally ruined our relationships when it was introduced on WhatsApp.
So, Twitter also thought it would be great fun for Direct Messages to be more 'dynamic' and loaded them with read receipts, so now that everyone will know that you’ve seen their message and not replied to it (read: ignored).
Twitter also seems confident that the new features are pretty awesome and even put up a video explaining the enhancements to this feature but that basically turns it into a chat app.
New! Direct Messages are more dynamic than ever with read receipts, typing indicators, and web link previews. pic.twitter.com/VEU92V5Gqj— Twitter (@twitter) September 8, 2016
While Twitter was showing off its video, everyone seemed to be wondering why Twitter even thought this would be a good idea and their anger is pretty evident from these tweets:
@twitter NOBODY ON THIS PLANET WANTS READ RECEIPTS IN DMS— Brad Sams (@bdsams) September 8, 2016
With the new twitter update people can see when I’ve read their DM?The one place I can ignore people is gone. RIP.— Lux (@Callux) September 8, 2016
So that blue check mark in DM by your message let's you know it's been read...AND IGNORED. Thanks Twitter. Just upped the drama on here— CoCo (@Ummm_Nope_) September 8, 2016
First Harambe, then the iPhone headphone jack and now read notifications for dms... 2016 is a horrible year😭— Alfie (@xDuttinho) September 8, 2016
But don't panic, because thankfully there's a way to turn them off
Twitter DM Read Receipts: Calm down people, you can turn them off 😏 pic.twitter.com/568400zl5H— The Next Web 📱💻🌍 (@TheNextWeb) September 8, 2016
To turn off read receipts, simply go to the “Security and privacy” tab in your settings on desktop, scroll all the way down, and uncheck the box. And you are done!