Perhaps in an effort to be more “mainstream,” Twitter might be looking at implementing a “whisper mode,” which would allow more than one friend to talk in private.
In an interview today with Bloomberg, CEO Dick Costolo described how the company might move more seamlessly between public and private conversations:
“There are frequently public conversations that you would like to grab hold of and take into ‘whisper mode’ with a friend and say, ‘Hey, this thing has happened. Look what these people are talking about. What do you think about this?’ with a friend or more than one friend. So being able to move fluidly between that public conversation and the private conversation is something we’ll make simpler.”
Twitter currently allows you to send a direct message to one person at a time. But Costolo indicated that he envisions the “whisper mode” to allow more than one person into the conversation. A group-messaging mode has long been absent from the platform.
This isn’t the first time that Twitter has indicated that it’s trying new things with private conversations.
In October 2013 it began giving users the option to allow receiving messages from anyone. Until then, direct messages could only be sent to people who follow each other.
In December 2013, it updated its apps to allow people to send images in direct messages.
Watch the entire Bloomberg interview with Costolo below:
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