Last week, Twitter announced that it will launch a new beta program to test the upcoming features to reshape the conversations on the platform. Now, for the first time, we have a look at the upcoming features thanks to TechCrunch, and frankly, the surface looks like a multicolored mess.
First, there is the stacked conversation feature of Twitter. The company said there will be color code answers in the future to distinguish answers from the original tweets poster, people you follow, and people you do not use. While the following screenshot shows us very vivid colors, Sara Haider, Product Manager of Twitter told TechCrunch that they would be toned down in the final version. At that moment, the interface looks like a chat app designed for a college project.
The social network also plans to algorithmically sort responses to make it easier to read a thread. As we've seen in the past, algorithmically sorted posts did not suit people, and Twitter had to roll out a button to switch between a chronological and an algorithmic feed.
In another experiment, Twitter tests removing engagement icons – retweet and heart – from answers to make the conversation look smoother. These icons only appear when you click on a specific post. In the past, the company has also considered completely removing the heart button.
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To test these features, Twitter will ask approved users of the beta program to download a separate build of the Twitter app and provide features for testing. While many of them may not be final, it will be interesting to see how people will respond to such a big shift in the basic conversation flow on Twitter.