Twitter’s director of product management, Suzanne Xie, unveiled some new changes that are coming to the platform this year, focusing specifically on conversations.
Twitter is adding a new setting for “conversation participants” right on the compose screen. It has four options: ‘Global, Group, Panel, and Statement.’ Global lets anybody reply, Group is for people you follow and mention, Panel is people you specifically mention in the tweet, and Statement simply allows you to post a tweet and receive no replies.
The updates are still in beta testing and Twitter is “in the process of doing research on the feature” and that “the mock ups that are doing rounds are going to be part of an experiment that twitter is going to run in the first quarter. It will take learning from that experiment and use them to launch the feature globally later this year.
Another feature that’s coming in the near future is a specific conversation view, including threading. The goal is to put all of a conversation “on one screen.” The screen has lines meant to easily lead you through replies and also call out specific authors.
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