Twitter testing feature to follow replies to individual tweets

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Twitter is testing out a new feature that will allow users to receive notifications for replies on individual tweets.

It’s certainly not the most significant feature that Twitter has ever tested out, but for users who dedicated several hours of their time to the platform, it should prove rather handy, especially if you have previously had to sift through a bunch of tweets in order to find the aspect you’re specifically interested in.

The social media company confirmed the test via a tweet (would they do it any other way?), which is featured below, along with a GIF to showcase the new feature in action that we’ve pasted below.

It appears as if replies is something that Twitter is paying particular attention to at the moment, with it recently adding the ability to hide replies, as well as trialling out a version of threaded conversation in its twttr experimental app, as The Verge notes.

The publication adds that this renewed focus follows events in the live-tweeted #KaraJack interview in February with Recode, where CEO Jack Dorsey later acknowledged that the interview difficult to follow.

Whether this new feature addresses such navigation issues on the platform remains to be seen.

It’s also unclear when Twitter plans to make the feature fully fledged, but given that the company is making it available to test to all Android and iOS users, we’re suspecting that some fine tuning will be done following user feedback before a global rollout is done.

[Image – Photo by Sara Kurfeß on Unsplash]

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Editor of Hypertext. Covers smartphones, IoT, 5G, cloud computing and a few things in between. Also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games when not taking the hatchet to stories.