Twitter made the term “DM” or “Direct Message” popular, as their personal messaging system is specifically named. On other platforms, websites, tools, and what-not another synonymous term is “PM” or “Personal/Private Message.”
Both terms insinuate the same thing – a private message that is only viewable to the intended specific user. On message forums where the entire board, or the public at large can see everything posted, having the ability to send something privately, for one user’s eyes only, is important and helpful.
Unlike an email though, a PM stays within the client or platform you’re on. Twitter has its own messaging system, as does Facebook, or various message forums and so on. You don’t have to leave the platform to check an email – the message is right there within the site you’re already on.
DMs/PMs allow users to converse, connect, and share with one another. It’s just one of the various means of communication that the Internet and it’s various facets allow users to enjoy.
What I really want to know – how many people clicked on this and expected a post about Dungeons and Dragons? (DM is short for Dungeon Master, a role in the game, “Dungeons and Dragons”) – just a little nerd humor, that’s all!
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