Twitter may be planning a standalone messaging app, claims new report

by: Andrew GrushOctober 17, 2013


There’s certainly no shortage when it comes to mobile messaging apps. WhatsApp, KakaoTalk, Line and Kik are just a few of such apps, but if a new rumor is to be believed, we may soon be adding a Twitter messaging app to the list.

Citing anonymous sources, AllThingsD reports that Twitter is getting ready to completely overhaul its direct messaging feature, going so far as to separate it from the ‘core’ Twitter app. This is a pretty bold change in direction for a company that had previously toyed around with the idea of killing direct messages completely, and eventually settled with just burying the feature deep within Twitter.

That said, it’s not necessarily surprising.

We’ve seen messaging apps explode in popularity in the last year or two, and Twitter likely wants a piece of that pie. Add in the fact that Facebook already has a messaging app of its own and that KakaoTalk was recently listed by as a ‘threat’ in Twitter’s S-1 IPO documentation, and the writing on the wall becomes obvious.

We've seen messaging apps explode in popularity in the last year or two, and Twitter likely wants a piece of that pie.

Twitter is a major deal in the social networking world, but it’s still arguably more for certain ‘kinds of people’ and not a mainstream service. Adding better direct messaging could help change that image and, in turn, could generate additional growth for the social network.

Twitter has already made recent baby steps that show their interest in direct messaging is changing. First, we have the recent (limited) rollout of new feature that allows users to send and receive direct messages without having to ‘follow’ one another first. Second, Twitter has already allegedly met with employees from MessageMe, possibly to discuss some kind of partnership.

While we can’t say we’d be shocked to see Twitter move forward with its plans to create its own messaging app, we feel it’s important to stress that this is an unconfirmed rumor and so speculation is advised.

What do you think, would you like to see Twitter roll out its own messaging app? Or do you feel the company should simply improve its direct messaging capabilities while keeping them as part of the regular Twitter app?

  • MasterMuffin

    I think there are way many messaging apps coming everyday. They are like gaming channels on YouTube, way too many because everyone thinks they’ll be the next PewDiePie or Smosh…

    • RanRu

      It’s like anonymous chat sites. As one becomes overrun by perverts, a new one has to take it’s place.
      Because, seriously, ChatRoulette may as well just be exclusively a porn site anymore.

      • MasterMuffin

        Except that there are no perverts overrunning these messaging apps so there’s no real reason to change unless Twitter can make something totally gamechanging which I doubt!

        • RanRu

          Not “overrunning”, maybe, but things get sensationalized. I’ve seen several different articles advising parents not to allow their kids to use Kik for that reason.

          • MasterMuffin

            I’ve seen those too and they’re just stupid. If you let a child that doesn’t understand that sending pictures of their *cough* private parts to random people or meeting random people that (s)he only knows from an app like Kik or WhatsApp is wrong use a smartphone without any limits, these messaging apps really aren’t a problem since that child can just use a thing called web browser and meet perverts there too

  • Nick V

    I’ll just wait and hope that Hangouts fulfills this area. I beleive that Google can make this happen, and with Hangouts being available on other platforms, it will be a huge success.

  • Balraj

    It’s not easy to migrate ppl from one msg app to another
    Maybe if it’s nsa proof then…..