Twitter now lets brands say when they’re available to respond to tweets

Twitter is playing catch-up with Facebook once again when it comes to becoming brands’ favored social platform for customer service.

Businesses’ Twitter profiles can now display the hours that a company is available to respond to people’s tweets — such as “24/7” or “4am-11pm” — and feature a button people can click to send it a direct message. Facebook rolled out similar features for Pages last year.

Unlike Twitter’s version, Facebook lets Pages define how quick they are to respond — such as “within minutes” or “within a day” — and supplements that Page-provided information with its own “very responsive” badge for Pages that respond to 90 percent of messages within five minutes of receiving them. Twitter doesn’t offer such a badge that can validate a brand account’s availability or have a way to ensure that businesses adhere to their defined availability hours.

Brands’ Twitter profiles can display their hours of availability and a button to direct message them.

Twitter is adding something new to the mix. When people search for Twitter accounts, mention a brand’s account in a tweet or look through their list of direct message threads, they can see “Provides support” detail attached to a brand’s account name; it’ll look like the “Following” tag that’s appended when you see an account that you follow. In order to append this customer-support flag to their account names, brands will need to opt in through Twitter’s Dashboard tool, which is also what they’ll use to set their hours of availability.

Any business will be able to access these new features starting today, but only if they enable anyone to send them a direct message, which can also be set in Dashboard.

Brands can access the new customer service features through Twitter’s Dashboard tool.

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Tim Peterson
Tim Peterson, Third Door Media's Social Media Reporter, has been covering the digital marketing industry since 2011. He has reported for Advertising Age, Adweek and Direct Marketing News. A born-and-raised Angeleno who graduated from New York University, he currently lives in Los Angeles. He has broken stories on Snapchat's ad plans, Hulu founding CEO Jason Kilar's attempt to take on YouTube and the assemblage of Amazon's ad-tech stack; analyzed YouTube's programming strategy, Facebook's ad-tech ambitions and ad blocking's rise; and documented digital video's biggest annual event VidCon, BuzzFeed's branded video production process and Snapchat Discover's ad load six months after launch. He has also developed tools to monitor brands' early adoption of live-streaming apps, compare Yahoo's and Google's search designs and examine the NFL's YouTube and Facebook video strategies.