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Twitter DMs are getting that long-awaited WhatsApp-like feature

Perhaps inspired by WhatsApp, Twitter now allows users to search for a chat or conversation with keywords. Users can simply enter a word present in the message they are looking for.

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STRONG POINTS

  • Twitter has announced the long-awaited feature for users who use its direct messages.
  • Users can simply enter a keyword present in the post they are looking for.
  • The DM search function only allowed users to search for people’s names or the name of the group.

Twitter has announced the long-awaited feature for users who use its direct messages. Possibly inspired by WhatsApp, the microblogging site now allows users to search for a chat or conversation with keywords. Users can simply enter a word present in the message they are looking for.

Officially announcing the feature, the microblogging site said, “We know you’ve been waiting for the option to search your DMs. Now you can use the search bar in your inbox to search for specific messages using keywords and names”.

Previously, the DM search function only allowed users to search people’s names or group name. The latest addition makes it much easier for users to search not only for contacts but also for specific messages. A similar feature has already been available on Meta’s instant messaging platform, WhatsApp, for many years now.

How Twitter’s New Feature Works

For example, if you want to find a conversation where you and your Twitter friend were talking about “biryani”, you can just type the word in the search bar. Once you have done this, all chats where you talk about “biryani” will be filtered and displayed on your mobile/PC screen.

As a reminder, the microblogging site announced the DM search function for Android in May last year. At the time, the company said the Content Search feature would launch that year, but it missed the deadline. Well, better late than never. The long-awaited feature is finally here.

Originally, when the DM search feature was launched, it was only available for iOS users for the first two years. The feature then rolled out to Android users last year. Twitter’s new Content Search feature is available for Android and iOS users. To use it, users must first update to the mobile or desktop version from their respective app stores.