Twitter is currently working on testing a new threaded conversation layout that will help make it more obvious for users to know who’s talking to whom. Considering the GIF that released by the Twitter Support team, the new update will make use of lines and indentations to sharply indicate that a reply is meant for a specific tweet.
According to some tech analysts, it appears useful for longer threads where participants go back-and-forth and where people post responses to several separate tweets at the same time.
Your conversations are the 💙 of Twitter, so we’re testing ways to make them easier to read and follow.
Some of you on iOS and web will see a new layout for replies with lines and indentations that make it clearer who is talking to whom and to fit more of the convo in one view. pic.twitter.com/sB2y09fG9t
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) May 5, 2020
The social media company has been testing this layout for more than a year now on its prototype app twttr, TC noted. However, app researcher, Jane Manchun Wong posted a demo on her account at the beginning of April this year.
Wong’s demo revealed much more about the app as it was seen that clicking on a tweet in the threaded layout expands it and gives you an easy way to post a response to the very tweet.
Twitter is working on selection transition in the Conversation Tree pic.twitter.com/BR3JbkH5ti
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) April 3, 2020
The platform has been experimenting with different types of layouts for quite some time now, which includes putting labels on conversation threads.
In February 2020, the company released a threaded layout similar to this one for iOS users. Since this is just public texting, the new update will only make its way to some users on iOS and the web.
It will only become widely available if Twitter sees that it’s good enough to go to everyone in the nearest future.