In the old days, the person couldn't reply to your DM if you didn't follow them.

I've heard this has changed to accommodate various companies to have a presence on social media.

Is that the case at all?

How could I know if the person can reply back to my DM, or would be prevented from doing so?

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    You can't even send a DM unless both of you are following each other Nov 30, 2013 at 21:17
  • I sent a DM to a vendor without following them, a couple of minutes ago, directly on twitter.com.
    – cnst
    Nov 30, 2013 at 21:18
  • Does it appear on your public Twitter timeline? If so, that's not a DM Nov 30, 2013 at 21:32
  • No, DMs don't appear in public timeline.
    – cnst
    Nov 30, 2013 at 23:47

2 Answers 2


You can't send a direct message to another Twitter user unless you both follow each other.

However, in October 2013, Twitter did allow for sending direct messages to accounts that did not follow you.

Last month, Twitter quietly rolled out a new feature to give users the choice to receive private messages from any of their followers, but that option has now been removed.

As of November 2013 it was made no longer available as a feature.

  • This is not entirely accurate. You can send a DM to people who follow you, but if you do not follow them, they cannot reply.
    – Joost
    Oct 28, 2014 at 8:01

According to Twitter's documentation someone only can send a DM to a person that follows him/her.

Twitter's help

  • So, they never fixed it? I thought they made it possible for the big retailers to DM their customers with more ease.
    – cnst
    Nov 30, 2013 at 23:46
  • If you take into account that DM are designed to permit for friends (that follow each other) to communicate, it is not a bug!!
    – Rafareino
    Nov 30, 2013 at 23:52

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