I am an avid Twitter user and receive many DM requests. For the most part, if it is not someone I already follow or otherwise engage, I ignore the said request (sorry) because there is not enough information about who the person is or what they want. Twitter is changing that.
From now on, when you receive a DM request ̵1; that is, a request to chat with someone you do not already follow – Twitter will start offering more contextual information about the person. It includes who they are and how you are connected to them – whether through people you both follow or follow your own.
New message request … who is this?
When you now receive a DM request, we give you more context about who sent it, for example how you are connected to the person on Twitter. Once you select the request, you will see their profile information along with their message. pic.twitter.com/QNtwuP99AT
– Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) August 20, 2020
Previously, when you click or tap the message, you see the user’s full profile, which includes their movie and serial numbers. This should make it easier to know who is sending messages to you and what they want (outside the obvious message).
This is a nice little quality of life update that should help users make more informed choices about who they decide to accept messages from. As for me? I will probably just continue to ignore the unwanted messages (not sorry).