Twitter is testing threaded replies and status indicatorsSeptember 1, 2018
Sara Haider, Twitter’s director of product management, tweeted a couple screenshots today showing off changes the platform is considering to make things more “conversational.”
Their solution? Threaded conversations and status indicators. They make the app look a lot more like Facebook comment threads.
hey Twitter. we’ve been playing with some rough features to make it feel more conversational here. presence and reply threading. still early and iterating on these ideas. thoughts? pic.twitter.com/3U3NvpHWPy
— Sara Haider (@pandemona) August 31, 2018
The threading seems fine and like it could make following a conversation easier, just like threading within a user’s own tweets did when that feature launched back in December of last year. The status updates, however, don’t seem great. Imagine knowing President Donald Trump is online!
But actually, because of Twitter’s harassment issues, a status update might not be a smart idea when you consider how trolls could use it to ensure their replies are being seen. Haider doesn’t mention a timeline for these updates, so it’s entirely possible they’ll never roll out. You can reply to her with your own thoughts on the changes, if you so choose.