It’s no secret that Twitter’s schedule of feature enhancements is fairly lacking and infrequent. I suppose when you grow as quickly and as large as they have, and you’re a free service, you don’t necessarily have to do too much. But if there was one stinking feature I so desperately wish they would add is a way to block Auto DMs.
I’m not entirely sure if this is even possible, or how it would be done, but I’ve got to believe there would be a relatively easy way to do this. Seriously, just make this happen on the back end, and give me a simple check box giving me the option to block any automated DMs. If I had this sort of feature, I could actually use the DM feature to communicate. As it stands, I simply get way to much spam to even consider using it.
I know this probably is only the case for those with larger followings, but I still think this would be a valuable feature for all users.
And while we’re at it, why don’t we just implement a suite of spam blocking features? Maybe another checkbox to block DMs with links. Or easier ways to manage your inbox like mass deleting.
If Twitter truly wants to become a true communication powerhouse, users need better tools to manage these things. Or at the very least, open up the API to allow 3rd party developers the ability to create such features.