TWITTER TESTS, New Conversation Labels!


Twitter tests

Twitter tests new conversation threads for easy following and joining of conversations on Twitter. This comes as a result of iconic testing that labels specific replies, and in the process, if the original source of the tweet replies along the thread, it will eventually attach a small microphone icon close to their profile image, while other tweets could be labeled – not excluding those from the users that were mentioned in the original tweet and replies of those already followed.

In the process of conversation, it will be labeled with ‘@’ symbol, a small person icon coupled with an attached checkmark as well.

The social media giant early this year initialized a test where it labeled as the “Original Twitter” from the primary source of that in a conversation thread, but understood could be confusing, however, Twitter changed it to “Author” months later. It is also understood, the recent test from the company is the latest of its series of experiments Twitter is running in order to make its service easier for its users, especially when the conversation becomes lengthy. Meanwhile, the test screenshot of text labels is shown below.

As one would notice, the colors are light gray coupled with white, and tiny, making it difficult to see, and it’s understood the icon does not have a problem. This does not necessarily mean much for someone who doesn’t hang on a forum like Reddit, which requires the use of a microphone to indicate the actual source follow-up comments.

As Twitter tests new service, it’s understood it is also running an experimental prototype App known as twttr, aimed at trying out new ideas within threaded conversations, with the use of color-coded replies or branching lines to link tweets and their responses. This is understood as a public update and reply, but there are features like the live-streaming video, article bookmarking tools, and clickable newsreels Twitter calls “Moments.

In another development, Twitter is making move to address conversation gaps as a result of hidden tweets, with the use of a self-service tool to block content you practically don’t want to view.

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