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 – Eight Days of Malaise Nov 30 '13 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 '13 at 21:18
  • Does it appear on your public Twitter timeline? If so, that's not a DM – Eight Days of Malaise Nov 30 '13 at 21:32
  • No, DMs don't appear in public timeline. – cnst Nov 30 '13 at 23:47

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 '14 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 '13 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 '13 at 23:52

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