Twitter launched an experimental application called "Twttr" a month ago, as a way to test new features among regular users of social networks. As in any test, the comments of the participants have a great influence on the usability, since the most popular innovations will be transferred to the main application. However, it turns out that the experimental application became a resounding success among those who tried it, so that they prefer it to the original app.
A tweet published this week by Sara Haider, Director of Twitter Product Management, said the initial reactions suggest that most of those who use Twttr prefer the new app to compare the main Twitter application, and that many of the features They are currently being tested are extremely popular among the participants.
These functions include the removal of the participation buttons in the conversation threads, which provides a less crowded design. On the other hand, to receive a response in a conversation, a swipe gesture must be performed from right to left, while touching the screen shows the retweet and the response buttons.
Twttr is also testing an "author" tag to indicate the original post in a thread, as well as a "next" tag, which shows when someone you follow writes a response to your original post.
To make Twttr a bit more comfortable to use for program participants, some functions even come directly delegated from the main Twitter application, such as dark mode and enhanced functionality for camera mode.
ARE YOU INTERESTED TO TRY THE TWTTR APP?
Anyone interested in trying Twttr can still apply to join the program, but keep in mind that you are expected to use it as your main Twitter application. In that case, prepare yourself for some frustrations along the way, since any new feature will be a work in progress and, therefore, may have errors.
You will also be asked to provide Twitter with honest and regular comments about the functions you are going to try, and also to share your experiences and publish screenshots in the main application, a practice that will allow designers to evaluate the opinion of a broader user base.
You should keep in mind that it is possible that many of the functions tested in Twttr never see the light of day; It really depends on how participants respond to the innovations found in the test application, and whether Twitter believes they can effectively join their service.
The main idea is that application developers can discover what works best, without interrupting regular users with frequent changes in Twitter design. That way, new features will only be added to the main application when the company is sure that they will be accepted by most of its users.