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Twitter is often viewed as a platform for "microblogging," but it's increasingly becoming a way for users to communicate directly as well -- could it successfully make the leap to a full-on messaging app?
AllThingsD reported Thursday that Twitter may be planning to rework its direct message feature, following recent changes that allow users to send and receive such missives without the need to actually follow each other in the first place.
According to multiple sources, that's only the beginning of Twitter's plans for direct messaging, a feature that's been "long-buried" but may finally get its moment in the spotlight in the near future.
"It has kicked around the idea of launching a standalone direct-messaging application separate from the Twitter app," the report reveals. "It is unclear, however, what form the final revamp of direct messages will take."
To many, that sounds rather like a competitor for popular chat apps such as WhatsApp, although Snapchat is also mentioned as an area of intense interest for Twitter. With BlackBerry's own BBM messenger app rumored to arrive on iOS (again) within days, it would seem the mobile messaging wars are only beginning.
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