Twitter is upgrading the direct message search bar, adding the much requested ability to search for DMs by entering keywords.
This update to Twitter DM search is rolling out to the iOS and Android apps, and will also be available on web browsers.
If you’re thinking searching by keyword is how a search bar is supposed to work, it’s likely you’ll find anyone who will disagree.
However, since Twitter DM search was introduced in 2019, it has lacked the basic functionality of searching by keyword.
Until now, Twitter users have only been able to search for DMs by name, which isn’t particularly useful if you have a long DM thread going with someone.
As I noted when Twitter DM search was first announced, the ability to search for messages containing specific keywords would have been more valuable.
Now, nearly three years after launching the first iteration of DM search, Twitter is giving users the functionality they really wanted.