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Want to send a DM on Twitter? Here is how to reach out to contacts.

Twitter is known for allowing people to post messages or tweets no longer than 280 characters. Tweeting or reading through tweets all day can get boring, especially when nothing new pops up in your feed.

Sometimes you might even want to talk to your friends on Twitter. Did you know you can message people directly on Twitter? If not, here’s how to send your favorite tweets or GIFs directly to your friends.

To receive and send DMs you must follow the person and that person must follow you. However, you can receive DMs from anyone if you “check the box next to Allow message requests from everyone in your privacy and security settings,” according to Twitter. You can also Receive a Direct Message from someone you don’t follow if you have previously sent them a direct message.

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To send a Direct Message on Twitter, go to "news"  Start a new message, enter the names of the people you want to message, then type and send your message.

To send a direct message on Twitter, go to Messages, start a new message, enter the name(s) of the people you want to message, then type and send your message.

How DM works on Twitter

According to Twitter, How to send a direct message via your web browser:

  • From the navigation bar on the left of your screen, click Messages.

  • Click New Message

  • In the address field, enter the name or @username of the person you want to message (group messages can include up to 50 people).

  • click next”

  • In the message field, enter the message you want to send

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According to Twitter, here’s how to send a direct message to a Apple or Android Device:

  • From the Twitter app, tap the envelope icon.

  • To create a new message, tap the message icon

  • In the address field, enter the name(s) or username(s) of the person you want to send a message to. Group messages can include up to 50 people.

  • Enter your message.

To send a GIF, video, or photo using Direct Messages on Twitter, follow these steps:

  • Tap the photo icon (you can take a photo or video on your phone, or attach a photo from your photo library).

  • To add a GIF, tap the GIF icon. Search for a GIF, tap it and send it.

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How to pin direct messages

According to Twitter, To pin a direct message:

  • Go to your Direct Message inbox.

  • Tap the conversation you want to pin

  • Select “Pin Conversation”.

Now your pinned message will appear at the top of your direct messages.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: How to send a DM on Twitter

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