Twitter testing new online presence feature

Weblog: Users could follow conversations by creating more visible reply threads

The presence feature would fundamentally change Twitter functionality from its original purpose of microblogging to a messaging-style platform.

The presence feature would fundamentally change Twitter functionality from its original purpose of microblogging to a messaging-style platform.

 

Twitter is testing out two new features, according to co-founder and chief executive Jack Dorsey, who tweeted late last week that the platform was “playing with [. . .] presence (who else is on Twitter right now?) and threading (easier to read convos)”.

The idea, says Twitter product developer Sara Haider, is to make Twitter feel more chatty; not only will it be easier to follow a conversation by creating more visible reply threads but the presence feature will fundamentally change Twitter functionality from its original purpose of microblogging to a messaging-style platform where users can see who else is live right now, much like Facebook Messenger.

These new features are in test mode and may not be incorporated into a future iteration of Twitter: “still early and iterating on these ideas. Thoughts?,” tweeted Haider.

“The online-indicator would be a nightmare for targets of harassment, even if it was opt-out, please don’t do it,” said one user, Avery Edison.

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