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Rumor: Twitter to launch standalone messaging app

By Kirstin Stokes Smith     Oct 17, 2013 in Internet
Rumors are circulating about Twitter's private messaging feature. A recent report from All Things D reveals that the company is making improvements to its direct message function, and that Twitter may even release a separate messaging app.
Recently, Twitter has been doing internal testing on a setting that permits users to send and receive direct messages from people without the need to mutually follow each other, as is currently the case with Twitter. All Things D reports this move on Twitter's part is in part a reaction to the ongoing popularity of standalone messaging apps like WhatsApp, Line, and KakaoTalk, as well as Snapchat.
This move on Twitter's part speaks to ongoing competition between Twitter and Facebook, which already has a standalone messaging app. Evidence of this can be seen in a recent Twitter update on Android tablets, which appears to be very similar to Snapchat's in-message illustration features, reports The Verge.
While it's clear that its users want private messaging functions, Twitter need to address the issues of its rapid growth, says All Things D, adding, it's this growth that has prevented Twitter "from becoming truly mainstream."
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