In an effort to push positivity and cut down on hateful conversations on its platform, Twitter is testing a number of new features.
Twitter is already working on a new design for replies within the app, introducing a threaded UI. The company first showed off the feature a few weeks ago, and The Verge reports that the company has refined the design to welcome more conversations.
More importantly, Twitter is working on a new “status” feature. Soon, users will be able to set their availability — essentially showing if you are online or offline. Once you set your availability, you can set a status — and that could be a bunch of things. You could use the status feature to tell people where you are, what you are doing, or if you are just looking for people to talk to, for example.
The company is working on another feature, simply called “ice breaker” that will allow you to pin a tweet to the top of your profile to let people know you want to talk about something specific. This could help you get your followers to start a conversation, or simply help new people get to know you.
Twitter is testing a number of other changes on its app, like showing a persistent reply box under every tweet on your timeline to let new users know they can reply to a tweet by hitting the chat bubble.
All of this is still pretty much in testing. These are some big changes that Twitter is working on here, so it could fundamentally change how we use Twitter. And the company is very much aware of that, and that’s exactly why it’s going to take its time to roll these new features rollout, even when and if they are officially launched.
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