The US patents and Trademark office has granted Twitter a patent for its messaging system.
The patent focuses on Twitter's system where users are allowed to follow each other and view messages without a unique recipient.
According to the patent , the system is configured to get a message addressed to one or more destination users and the message can be a short message service (SMS), instant messaging (IM), E-mail, web form input, or application programme interface (API) function call.
Additionally, the system is also organised to determine information about destination users including the preferred devices and interfaces for receiving messages as well as information comprising message receiving preferences.
The system sets policies to the message as per the destination user information to establish the message endpoints and it will also decode the message as per the destination user information and message endpoints and broadcast the message to each endpoint ofthe message.
"We think a lot about how those patents may be used in the future, which is why we introduced the Innovator's Patent Agreement to keep control of those patents in the hands of engineers and designers," Twitter said.