Twitter is testing a new feature that the social media giant hopes will allow users to discover who started a thread.
The new tag, which has started to appear for some users of the platform, identifies the “original tweeter” in a thread.
According a report by TechCrunch, the feature is currently being tested with a “small percentage” of iOS and Android users, so everyone may not see the tag yet. Those who do will see a gray “Original Tweeter” tag that will appear below the original poster’s username each time they reply within a thread.
This solution obviously only helps users distinguish the “owner” of the thread they are viewing, but it is still a start. Aside from making it easy to see the original tweeter’s responses within a thread at a glance, the new feature does little to fix the problem of fraudulent accounts masquerading as others.
The new Original Tweeter tag is part of Twitter’s much larger push to try and make the platform more conversational. Twitter has been open about its experimental features and some of these changes include algorithmically ordered responses, a status feature, and icebreakers, among others.
Speaking to the publication, Twitter Director of Product Management Sara Haider said: “The purpose of Twitter is to serve the public conversation. As part of this work, we are exploring the possibility of adding more context to discussions by highlighting relevant responses, such as the original Tweeter. “
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