For those who are users of the online service Twitter, a new feature is expected to change up the hugely popular social media site.  Recently announced is the ability of users to direct message a Twitter user without having to first follow them as had been the rules in place.

    According to a post on the Twitter blog page, new updates include:

    * Updated messaging rules so you can reply to anyone who sends you a direct message, regardless of whether or not that person follows you.

    * A setting that allows you to receive direct messages from anyone, even if you don’t follow them.

    * A new direct message button on profile pages on Android and iPhone. You’ll see it on the profiles of people you can send direct messages to.

    Twitter is widely used by celebrities, sports stars and regular users daily to send out short messages to recipients.  The most popular of these services has recently seen much competition from several rivals including WhatsApp which is owned by Facebook along with Facebook’s messaging service.   Twitter has stated they have 288 million active users per month sending over 500 million Twitter messages per day.  This pales in comparison to WhatsApp which claims 30 billion messages per day.