Twitter has this week announced a new feature for their service, announcing the introduction of Direct Message notifications on your desktop.

This means that you can subscribe to notifications about your Direct Messages and receive notifications about their tweets without having the Twitter account tab open.

In case you don’t know what Direct Messages are, here’s an explanation from Twitter:

Direct Messages are the private side of Twitter. You can use Direct Messages to have private conversations with Twitter users about Tweets and other content. You can start a private conversation or create a group conversation with anyone who follows you.

To get started with notifications you simply need to head to Twitter’s Messaging page and click “opt-in”. Once you have done so you will see notifications of your Direct Messages in the right hand side of your screen.

You can find out more about the Direct Messages at Twitter’s help centre here.

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