Twitter Hints At New Online Status & Threaded Conversations

Twitter is testing threaded conversations

Twitter is soon set to get a set of interesting and useful features, the company chief Jack Dorsey revealed through a tweet.

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. Dorsey retweeted that tweet.

The company is still asking for feedback from users on the features, which are very much still in the iteration phase.

Jack Dorsey's tweet read, "Playing with some new Twitter features presence (who else is on Twitter right now?) and threading (easier to read convos)", Dorsey tweeted, along with samples. At the moment, Twitter users can see all the main replies to a tweet and then tap through to view the individual threads and replies. According to a recent tweet by Sara Haider, product manager at the company, Twitter is now testing a couple of features that will distinguish between tweets in a thread. It will show a green dot beside a user's image when they are actively online.

Status indicators seem like a decent idea. While describing Presence Haider regarded this feature as a way "to signal specifically that you're online and looking for conversation". They're called reply threading and presence.

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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. However, Twitter is suggesting there could be no issues to the privacy factor as well as hinting that there could be measures taken to ensure the user decides to show their status to others.

The replies to Haider's post are filled with feedback about the features.

Last month, the social networking site deployed significant API changes to end common third-party application features. Most recently, Twitter had an account purge to remove about a million accounts a day run by bots and shady users.

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