Mastodon DMs on

One of the last missing pieces for Mastodon compatibility was improving DMs, which I rolled out yesterday. We don’t have DMs as a core feature on because I think private messaging needs to be handled very carefully, and not every social network should have its own messaging system. iMessage and Signal are better for this.

DMs just going into the void isn’t good either, though. The compromise we’ve settled on is that when someone from Mastodon sends you a DM, forwards that message to you in email. The email now includes a link to a form for you to send a reply back to Mastodon:

Screenshot of DM reply form.

There is no message history and messages are deleted automatically after 60 days.

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Manton Reece @manton