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Twitter Hints At New Online Status & Threaded Conversations

06 September, 2018, 01:15 | Author: Rafael Roberts
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The company's head Jack Dorsey last week sent out a tweet indicating that Twitter might soon get a bunch of new features, including one that will tell who is now online.

Haider showcased the features for the first time.

In an attempt to make the Twitter a more conversational platform, the San Francisco-based company announced its intention to introduce new changes in the way people interact on the platform.

The features are currently only available to a few users as of now, but this will change if they prove popular among the testing groups.

Dorsey in his tweet mentioned that the company is testing two new features called "presence" and "threading". The company is planning to make replies to tweets threaded like the ones on Facebook.

In a tweet sent Friday, Twitter Director of Product Management Sara Haider shared screenshots of two proposed features and solicited feedback from her followers.


According to Haider, the online status indicators are a way "to signal specifically that you're online and looking for conversation" as opposed to, say, being in a meeting or asleep. The status indicator will come in the shape of a green dot located near the profile picture of the user, which is similar to Facebook.

Twitter in its social platform asked users about their "thoughts" on the new features to which many users expressed their concern mostly about the online status. "The reply threading looks promising and could be a big improvement as long as there's still a way to read a thread without interruption".

Haider was clear in pointing out that the features are rough and all about making it "feel more conversational here ... still early and iterating".

However, not everyone was elated with Twitter's online status indicators, citing that they are anxious about followers seeing them online.

One wonders if a status update would really be a feature that takes place on a network like Twitter, and also if this is the kind of update users need right now.

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