Twitter Working on New Profile Features to Enhance Conversations

In an effort to enhance conversations on the platform, Twitter is looking to introduce a bunch of new profile features, including presence indicators and ‘ice breakers’, The Verge is reporting.

Presence indicators will serve as status indicators while you tweet, whereas ‘ice breakers’ are designed to help spur more discussions. Twitter says while these profile features are currently being prototyped, no plans have yet been finalised regarding a public roll out.

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Some other new features, including a new view for conversations that make them look more like a group text, are, however, already in testing among Twitter employees. The redesigned conversations view highlights replies from the original poster in a different colour. Furthermore, Twitter is considering adding a reply field to every single tweet to promote conversations.

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“Coming up with a product in a silo and dumping it on people is not going to work,” said Sara Haider, a director of product management at Twitter. “Some people are going to love it. Some people are going to hate it. We want to understand what people’s feedback is, and then tweak and iterate on the product.”