Twitter goes full circle with status feature testing – The Verge

A new status feature is starting to appear for some Twitter users that allows them to assign one of several pre-written labels to their tweets. A company spokesperson confirmed the limited testing in a statement given to Take Crunchwhile Twitter users were sharing screenshots of the feature in action.

“For a limited time, we’re testing a feature that allows you to add a status topic from a pre-defined list to your Tweets to provide more context for your followers,” the Twitter spokesperson said. “So whether you’re about to drop a hot thread of tweets, share your thoughts, or have a bad Monday, your tweets can better communicate what you intend to do.”

From the screenshots of the feature, it appears that many instances are designed to replace the headlines and emojis that Twitter users often put at the beginning of their tweets and Twitter threads. There is a “Thread” status that includes a Spool of Thread emoji, “Spoiler alert” with the warning sign emoji, or “AMA” with a microphone. In theory, being able to put this information into the case should provide users with valuable personalities in their tweets.

The feature was previously discovered in the Twitter code By app researcher Jane Manchun Wong. At the time, it was possible to post statuses to a tweet or blanket profile, but this latest test appears to only allow users to attach them to specific tweets. You can click on a status to discover other tweets that contain the same words.

An example of a status feature in action.

If the feature reminds you of old, old LiveJournal or AIM cases, we don’t blame you. More interesting, however, is the roots that the feature has in Twitter’s private history. in A blog post over a decade agoTwitter co-founder Biz Stone highlighted how the platform was originally designed as a “mobile status update service” designed to allow people to share what they want to do at any time. But as of 2009, Stone said that Twitter has gone beyond that original purpose, and served as a general-purpose information network. The new status feature doesn’t seem to reverse that trend, but it does revive a little bit of the old purpose of Twitter.

There’s no word on if the Status feature might get more broadly, or even when. It’s part of a growing list of features under development on the social network, which also includes Mixed media tweets It can let you add both photos and video to a single post, Opposition vote buttoncucumber Give prizes for tweets.

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