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Twitter in bid to add users with new button

By Martyn Landi

Twitter has added a new button to tweets, one that enables users to share a tweet using Direct Messages in two taps, starting a private conversation more quickly.

Until now, users had to select a tweet by tapping it, then use the Settings option to select Send via Direct Message in order to send it to another user privately.

Now, a message button will appear alongside the existing reply, retweet and like buttons that sit beneath each tweet.

The social media site is on a drive to gain more users after a difficult 2015.

Co-founder Jack Dorsey returned to the company as CEO following the departure of Dick Costolo, but the company's share price plummeted and at one point in December it saw user numbers briefly drop.

It is in stark contrast to rival social sites such as Facebook, which has more than 1.5 billion users - compared with Twitter's 320 million. Twitter says it believes this new feature will help to make conversations on the site "richer" and comes after it lifted its character limit for tweets.

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