How to Send a Direct Message on Twitter

You can use your computer, phone, or other portable device to transmit a message to someone on Twitter without everyone else in the Twitterverse seeing it.

You will need

  • Twitter account
  • Follower

Step 1 Open a Twitter account Open a Twitter account. You can’t send a direct message on Twitter unless you have an account.

Step 2 Get a follower Get someone to follow your Twitter feed. Tell a friend or family member to follow you, or have a celebrity alias.

Step 3 Click on the recipient's account Click on the account of the person to whom you want to send a direct message. You can click their account from their tweet to open a sidebar or you can click on their account in the Followers section of your home sidebar.

Step 4 Click the message button Click on the Message button beneath the recipient’s abbreviated profile in the sidebar. The message window will pop up with a blinking cursor.

Step 5 Type your message Type your message with the confidence that no one else will see it. Be brief, though — you still only get 140 characters.