Last year, I wrote about how Twitter is experimenting with making the platform more conversational. Well, those changes could finally be making their way to actual users. Twitter today announced a new prototype app — subtly titled “twttr” — that will allow users to test these upcoming changes. That’s obviously Twitter’s original name, so it’s kind of a nudge at the original idea behind Twitter.
Twitter employee David Hart shared the idea behind this new prototype app, stating how the company wants to improve conversations on the platform with these new ideas. “To start with, we are focused on making conversations easier to read, easier to understand, and easier to participate in,” Hart tweeted. Hart later went on to explain how the company wants to be able to make rapid and bold changes to Twitter efficiently going forward. And all of that involves this new prototype app that anyone can sign-up for.
So what exactly is changing? From what we have seen earlier, Twitter is testing features like Status that’ll encourage new conversations, as well as things like icebreakers, and colour-coded replies within threads to improve readability. There are likely a lot of other changes, so we will have to see how the new app works once Twitter actually starts inviting users who sign-up for the new prototype app.