Twitter: Photos Now In Direct Messages
Twitter users can now send pictures privately to their followers using the direct message (DM) function.
Images previously sent by DM had to be viewed via the external twitpic site, but now users can see them from within the message.
The move is seen as an attempt to broaden the way the service is used and compete with the popularity of messaging services such as WhatsApp and Snapchat.
A new tab in the navigation bar has been introduced to make DMs easier to access.
Writing in a blog post, the company also unveiled other tweaks for their Android and iPhone apps.
For example, the ability to swipe between different sections - such as Home, Activity and Discover, and improved mobile notifications.
Twitter has more than 230 million users and the recently-floated company has a stock market value of nearly $28bn (£17bn).
But despite its popularity, the company has not yet been able to make big money from its user base and is not expected to make a profit until 2016, according to Bloomberg.
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