Twitter is testing ‘author’, ‘mentioned’ and ‘following’ labels on replies

By Digit NewsDesk | Published on 07 Apr 2019
  • Twitter is testing labels features on replies.

  • It seems that the feature is rolled out to a limited number of Twitter users.

  • It seems that the labels support has been extended to a only a limited number of Twitter users.

Twitter is testing ‘author’, ‘mentioned’ and ‘following’ labels on replies

Twitter is working on a feature that will make it easy for users to join conversations as well as let other know about the creator of the tweet, the one who is mentioned in it as well as those who are following the person who posted the original tweet. The company announced this development on its official Twitter handle. It seems that only a limited number of people will be able to see the update.

“We want it to be easy to follow and join conversations on Twitter. We’re testing out labels on replies: author mentioned and following. If you see them, let us know what you think!” The company said in a tweet. The feature is not found in the latest version of Twitter in the Google Play Store (v7.89) that was released on April 1, which means that it could be a server-side update. There is no information if the iOS users will also be getting the feature when it is released for the masses.

The “author” label is likely to be applied to the replies tweeted by the person who posted the original message in a thread as well as to see if a particular response in a thread came from the creator of the tweet. The “mentioned” label is likely to be applied to a reply from a Twitter user whose “handle” is mentioned in the thread's original tweet. The “following” label is likely to appear on a reply tweeted by a Twitter user who follows the author.

The latest development seems to be in lines with Twitter’s initiative to make tweets “easier to read, understand, and join conversations”, which it announced earlier this year. The company even launched a new beta app “twttr” designed to let people (those who enroll in the programme) to test upcoming Twitter features.

Recently, Twitter made it easier for users to capture photos and videos and share them quickly in a fresh tweet. Twitter announced the rollout of the new feature in a tweet and this camera-focussed feature is expected to released for both Android and iOS users. There were also reports about the “Subscribe to conversation” feature that lets users stay notified about tweets you’re interested in - or follow them without having to like or comment on them.

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