Twitter just announced a new feature that will now allow users to send and receive messages from anyone.

Prior to this update, users could only receive messages from people that they were following and who had followed them back as well. The change to their messaging feature is a direct move to compete with private messages services like Snapchat.

The social networking site had first experimented with upgrading the feature in 2013, limiting its run to a small group of users. Now it’s open to all. All that Twitter's iOs and Android (acquired by Google in 2005) users have to do is adjust their settings to opt into the feature by selecting "receive Direct Messages from anyone.” If a user starts to get an overwhelming number of spam or abusive messages, Twitter still allows the ability to block accounts to prevent future direct messages.

Good news for journalists, fans of celebrities and stalkers alike.