Twitter to Soon Introduce Threaded Conversations like Facebook And Who’s Online Feature

Twitter is testing threaded conversations

Twitter is testing out a couple of new features that may or may not make their way out to everyone on the social network: online status indicators, so you can see who's online, and threaded replies to tweets, to make them easier to read on screen.

The "rough" features as mentioned in Sara's tweet along with two images highlight the personal responses as well as replies by a host account that started any conversational thread. Others expressed concerns about the look and feel of the threads: Common refrains were concerns about too little whitespace and a need for different colors on the reply comments, either for accessibility or aesthetics. At least one commenter actually wants Twitter to go one step further and co-opt another feature from Reddit's app: the ability to collapse comment threads and skip to the next parent comment.

Overall, both features could be great for engagement on the platform, but they could also make some users' experience more hard if they are subjected to spamming, trolling or other negative online behaviors. This second feature is to enable users to simplify responding and joining a conversation rather than the current system which could be considered a process in itself.

Twitter is of course testing new features all the time, and they don't all make it to the platform.

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However, the objections have focused on the possibility of knowing that users are online for several reasons. It could mean all your followers can see you are there and might want to get into a conversation which you might not be interested in, leading to an array of notifications as well as unwanted chatter. Some were concerned about their privacy, and said that they hoped that the status indicator would be an optional feature.

Twitter is looking to be more conversational according to Sara Haider, Director of Product Management for the social media app. Twitter user Staci D. Kramer suggested that the site needs to include opt-in options should it decide to implement the feature.

On the other hand, the other "Threading" feature is set to be welcomed with open arms. Users want assurances that they'll be able to turn off the presence feature.

As the features are still in beta mode, it is unclear when it will be fully rolled out.

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