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Twitter is experimenting with a couple of new variations for tweet interactions, and they’ve asked users for feedback on these mock-ups.

To clarify, none of these are anywhere near final yet - Twitter’s only testing different options for now. But they are looking at these, and other related options, which are designed to better emphasize tweet engagement.

The key elements to consider, based on the current mock design, are:

Threaded replies to individual responses, making it easier to see who’s responding to what within tweet reply chains
Colour coding for responses from the original tweet poster and yourself, highlighting key replies (purple for responses from the original tweeter, blue for you)
Green dots on profile images within chains to indicate when a user is active and spark more real-time engagement (users would have the option to switch off)

After Twitter product manager Sara Haider posted the mocks and asked for thoughts, various users provided other potential options and additions:

Make replies scrollable, with the original tweet remaining pinned at the top of the chain for easier context
Make replies to each collapsible, potentially behind a ‘See replies’ option
Establishing number of replies which can be shown in a chain before starting a new one for clarity (and more than 10x replies to a single tweet could start to get messy)
Add visible timestamps, as are currently available, on replies in chains
Add typing indicators to indicate engagement
Change the ‘Tweet your reply’ prompt to ‘Join the conversation’ in chains
It’s an interesting experiment, and it provides some great indicators as to where Twitter is looking, and how they’re seeking to boost engagement on the platform.

Comments

  1. 1
    Lee3312

    Lee3312 97 days ago Permalink

    Well that's really useful!

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    Arroyo

    Arroyo 97 days ago Permalink

    This layout is much better than the current one!

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