The feature will be an “enhanced version” of the existing search feature and will allow users to search all of their DM history, not just recent posts. The company is also working on being able to search for the content of messages, rather than just the sender. This update is coming “later this year”.
These may seem like relatively minor updates, but the inability to search direct messages effectively has long been a problem for anyone who heavily uses the feature. Trying to find a post that was months or years old was next to impossible unless you were willing to scroll endlessly through old threads to find it. But with the new search bar, searching for Twitter messages on Twitter will be more like any other messaging app.
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