You Can Now Receive Twitter Direct Messages (DMs) from Any Follower

Twitter setting allows you to receive direct messages from any follower

Twitter new setting allows you to receive direct messages (DMs) from any follower, regardless you follow them back or not. Learn how to enable/disable it.

“Hey, please follow me so that I can send you a DM!”

Does it sound familiar to you? Twitter users should encounter it now and then.

It is Twitter’s rule that you can only send DM (direct message) to another Twitter user who you and him/her follow each other.

The rule helps to cut the amount of unwanted (read: Spam) Direct Messages in your Twitter inbox.

But it could be a hassle when you simply want to receive a private message from a Twitter user but you are not interested to follow him/her Twitter updates.

Do you follow a Twitter user temporarily to receive DMs then unfollow the account? It sounds stupid, isn’t it?

Twitter setting allows you to receive direct messages from any follower
Twitter setting allows you to receive direct messages from any follower

Not anymore, if you wish. A new Twitter setting “Receive direct messages from any follower” (pic) allows you to receive DM from Twitter followers, even you are not following them.

The new Twitter messages setting has a note say:

Generally, you must follow someone before they have the ability to direct message you. If you check this option, any Twitter user that follows you will be able to send you a DM, regardless of whether you decide to follow them back.

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Now you can decide whether you want to receive private messages from followers without following them back, or you want to keep your Twitter inbox to friends only.

With the setting checked, you do not need to follow Twitter users to receive their DMs – Keep your Twitter timeline to only those you care.

I think that company customer support teams on Twitter are cheering for the new Twitter setting. They are often ask customers to send account information in direct message (for privacy) to solve customers’ issues.

Do you enable/disable the Direct Message setting? I have mine enabled. Follow me (@liewcf) on Twitter to send me a DM now!

[via The Verge]

Congrats to 2013 Women’s Month Giveaway Winner! (Jabra SOLEMATE)

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Congratulations card (Image credit: cathy.fong –

Thanks to all the participants and engagement in the 2013 Women’s Month Giveaway. We have a winner now! Congratulataions to Faheem Iqmal for winning the RM699 Jabra SOLEMATE wireless portable speaker (see review here).

His entry (“Like Jabra Facebook Page”) had been randomly chosen by computer among 520 total entries. Lucky fairy was with him!

Please don’t feel disappointed if you didn’t win this time. LiewCF Tech Blog always plans giveways to reward new and existing readers. This is to say, I already planning for the next giveaway! Woohoo!

The more entries we have in each giveaway contests, the more giveaway sponsors we will get. It is like a “Egg vs. Chicken” question.

You don’t want to missed any great deals, freebies and giveway, make sure you are connected to LiewCF in the following channels:

[box type=note]I would like to thank Jabra for giving the SOLEMATE portable speaker. Interested in sponsoring? I’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with me.[/box]

At Last, Twitter App Available for Windows 8 & Windows RT

Twitter for Windows 8
Twitter for Windows 8
Twitter for Windows 8

Twitter is one of the most popular social networking service and we ranted the lack of official Twitter app for Windows 8 when the new operating system launched last year.

Thanks for waiting.

At last, the official Twitter app is now available for Windows 8 on Windows Store. In addtion to familiar Twitter features like Home, Connect, Discover, and Me tabs, the app added new functions that takes advantage of Windows 8 features:

  • Snap view: You can snap Twitter into the left or right side of the screen and use other app on the same screen. You can adjust the app size to 1/3, 2/3, or full screen.
  • Photos: Twitter app uses landscape view to give you larger version of photos, you can also swipe horizontally to view photo gallery in the Discover tab or a user’s profile.
  • Share charm: Simply reveal the Windows 8 charm bar from the right edge and choose Share charm to share content (photo, article, etc) from any app to Twitter.
  • Search charm: Like Share charm, Search charm allows you to easily find an account or see a hashtag tweets.
  • Live Tiles and notifications: Twitter Live Tiles and notifications keep you updated on Windows 8 tiles screen.

Check out the Twitter for Windows 8 screenshots and video below:


Here is the Twitter for Windows 8 video:–40P_X4


Now you can download Twitter for Windows 8 on Windows Store. Available in 22 languages. Support Windows 8 and Windows RT.

Warning: Reset Twitter Password Now

Twitter reset password and sent email to affected users
Twitter reset password and sent email to affected users
Twitter reset password and sent email to affected users

Last week, I received a Twitter email notify me that Twitter has reset my account password. I thought it was a scam but it is not, Twitter has been hacked.

Twitter, the world popular microblogging site, has been hacked and attackers may have gained access to 250,000 user passwords. Twitter has reset passwords for the 250,000 accounts and send email to the users.

Twitter has been hacked and reset 250,000 passwords. Tweet This

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Checks Any Twitter Account for Fake and Inactive Followers



How many of your followers are fake or inactive? FakeFollowers by SocialBakers is a simple online tool to tell your follower stats.

Simply enter your twitter username and click the “Check” button. You will need to authorize the app for first time. Then, a follower stats box will be shown on the bottom showing the percentages of fake, inactive, good followers.

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