Courtesy of Jane Manchun Wong, our favorite specialist in reverse engineering of some of the most popular apps we use, we have been able to take a look at the view of conversations on threads that Twitter is testing.
The concept is similar to what is currently available in the experimental version of Twitter for iOS, but much more organized and refined. They are forum-style threads like Reddit, which better order the conversation.
Answers nested by hierarchy to make it easier to follow the conversation
This is how the responses in threads are seen in the experimental version of Twitter for iOS
Instead of all the answers having the same hierarchy, they are better organized with lines that delimit where the answer comes from and to which tweets are exactly nested.
The version that we have been able to test on iOS does not look as clean and organized as Jane's captures on the web, but in any case both are tests that we do not know when they will reach all users or if they will arrive at all and in the same way.
Twitter Web App is testing reddit-like conversation tree
The concept first appeared on its experimental Twttr iOS app, and now it might come to the web app too! It helps keeping track of the flow of conversation pic.twitter.com/wlOvTR4IWP
– Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) November 8, 2019
We know that on Twitter they have in mind a series of new features that they want to add by 2020, and several are related to giving the user more control over the conversation.
These changes within the app look well focused on giving greater usability to the social network. And although at the moment they are only experiments, Manchun Wong has found functions like Twitter's personalization options several months before they were officially launched.
Twitter is testing threads of conversations like those of Reddit on the web, and they look quite comfortable to follow
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