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Twitter Testing Feature That Lets You Follow Interests, Support for Live Photos Coming

Twitter this afternoon unveiled several new features that are in the works for the social network, sharing the news at an event for press that was attended by The Verge. Twitter will soon allow users to follow interests in addition to people, which will let users see tweets about topics of their choosing such as sports teams, celebrities, TV shows, and more. The feature, in testing on Android devices, will feature topics curated with Twitter. Individual tweets surfaced for people will be surfaced through machine learning. Twitter is also exploring a option that would let users set up separate lists in the Twitter app to follow individual interests, which Twitter hopes will make the social network a "more powerful interest platform." Other features are in the works too, including searchable direct messages, an option to re-order photos that are included with a tweet, and support for Live Photos. There's no specific word yet on when we can expect to see these features introduced on iOS devices.

Twitter Testing Notifications for New Replies to a Specific Tweet

Twitter is currently trialing a new feature with iOS and Android users that lets them receive notifications of replies to individual tweets. As things are, the Twitter mobile app can ping you with alerts for all the tweets posted by an individual account, but the new feature in testing adds an extra level of granular control by notifying you only of replies to a particular tweet. The option is designed to make following the development of a conversation related to a specific tweet more straightforward, as this can sometimes be difficult if you don't already follow the original poster. You probably have notifications on for your must-follows. Now you can get notifications when there’s a new reply to a Tweet you’re interested in! We’re testing this on iOS and Android now. pic.twitter.com/MabdFoItxc— Twitter (@Twitter) August 8, 2019 The news follows several other features that have recently been trialed or rolled out on the social media platform, all with the aim of handing over more control to users and creating a "healthier service" by cutting down on abuse and harassment. They include a snooze button to temporarily silence notifications from the app, and a Hide Replies feature that lets users collapse replies to their tweets. The latter is designed to allow users to moderate conversations by keeping them on topic and hiding trolls where

Twitter Tests 'Snooze' Feature That Temporarily Silences Notifications

Twitter is testing a "Snooze" button that allows you to pause push notifications from the mobile app for an allotted time. Discovered by tech blogger Jane Manchun Wong, the experimental feature lets users temporarily snooze push notifications for one hour, three hours, or 12 hours. As Wong notes, the setting should come in handy for users who want to prevent their phones from incessantly buzzing because their tweet went viral, or if they just want to turn their attention away from social media for a while. In its present incarnation the feature appears as a crossed-out bell icon in the top-right corner of Twitter's notifications tab. Tapping the icon brings up a sheet of three snooze durations to choose from. Twitter is testing Snooze feature, allowing users to pause notifications for 1 hour, 3 hours or 12 hours!I wrote a blog for the first look of this unreleased feature https://t.co/EoNYaRHraQTip @Techmeme pic.twitter.com/qm3aMM2Q00— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) August 6, 2019 When a snooze time is set, users don't receive push notifications from Twitter, but notifications still appear in the notifications tab. The feature is independent of any system-level notifications settings for the app, and can be disabled with another tap of the Snooze icon. Snooze was discovered in Twitter's Android app. The social media company often trials new features on one platform or in select territories before rolling them out globally if the testing phase is considered a success. Twitter has been experimenting with ways to give more control to users as it works

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Gives Talk to Apple's Marketing Department

Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter and Square, visited Apple headquarters on Tuesday to give a talk to employees, according to a report by Bloomberg. The billionaire's address at Apple is said to be one of several speakers talking to select Apple staff as part of an ongoing series. Dorsey reportedly spoke with employees from the marketing department, and while the address may highlight shared principles, it's not thought to be suggestive of a new collaboration between Dorsey's companies and Apple. While the address itself didn't point to a new partnership between Dorsey's companies and Apple, it was indicative of their bond and existing collaboration. Apple promoted Twitter as an iOS app coming to the Mac this fall, and the social media service is deeply integrated into both the iPhone and iPad. Apple was also among the first retailers to sell Square's now-common credit-card reader.As Bloomberg notes, Apple teased that Twitter would be one of the first companies to exploit its new Project Catalyst technology that makes it easier for developers to bring iPad applications to the Mac. Strictly speaking though, the Twitter app for iPhone and iPad is currently no more integrated than any other third-party iOS app. Apple's mobile OS did used to include built-in support for Twitter, but the integration was removed in 2017 with the release of iOS 11 –– perhaps in anticipation of Apple's upcoming privacy-focused login feature, Sign In with Apple. Twitter has since relied on iOS shared extensions just like all the other social networks it competes

Twitter Starts Rolling Out Updated Website With New Design

Twitter today announced the launch of a new Twitter.com experience on the desktop, which includes several new features and design changes. The Twitter website on desktop has a whole new look that's cleaner and more modern, along with support for bookmarks so you can save tweets plus an easily accessible Explore page for getting a quick look at what's trending. Design wise, it's similar to the Twitter for mobile experience. Account switching can be done using the side navigation bar, which is an easier way to manage multiple accounts. The new Dim and Dark Mode Lights Out themes have been added, and there are other new color options to personalize your profile. So fresh, so clean. The updated https://t.co/JFPfsFhrLg is here. We heard you, and here’s some of what’s new: Built-in personalization, like colors and text size ☑️More visible features, like Lists and Bookmarks ☑️And so much more! Let us know what you think. https://t.co/Q5nkCw9Y2n— Twitter Design (@TwitterDesign) July 15, 2019 Conversations are easier to follow thanks to new conversation threading tools, and along with better access to bookmarks, the new web experience offers up quick access to lists and profile options. On the Twitter.com website, some people will see an option to enable the new look now, and Twitter says it will be launching for everyone in the near future.New features and a new look are launching soon. Bookmarks, account switching, dark mode, and so much more -- before long, you'll be able to see what's happening even faster.Twitter has long been teasing its updated web

Twitter Bringing Mac App Back Using Apple's Project Catalyst

Apple last week unveiled Project Catalyst, an initiative designed to allow developers to port their iPad apps to the Mac. At the time, Apple named several partners, including Twitter, and today, Twitter provided more detail on its upcoming Mac app. Twitter says that it will leverage its existing iOS codebase to bring Twitter to the Mac, but will add native Mac features on top of its existing iPad experience to make the app better suited for the Mac.We are excited that Project Catalyst will enable us to bring Twitter back to the Mac by leveraging our existing iOS codebase. We'll also be able to add native Mac features on top of our existing iPad experience, while keeping our maintenance efficient as we continue to improve this shared codebase in the years to come.Twitter previously had a Twitter for Mac app that was discontinued in February 2018 with Twitter directing Mac users to instead use the Twitter for web experience. The prior Twitter for Mac app never received much attention for Twitter. In 2015, the company said that it would refocus its efforts on building new features into the Mac app, but even after new features were added, the app didn't catch on and earned largely negative reviews in the App Store. According to Twitter, the prior version of the Mac app was discontinued because it was not sustainable to maintain two separate codebases. Twitter wanted to focus on web and mobile instead of Mac, but with the new Twitter for Mac able to use the existing iOS codebase, there's less work to be done to make a Mac app available.T

Twitterrific 6 Launches on iPhone and iPad With Autoplay Videos in Timeline, GIPHY Integration, and Much More

The Iconfactory today announced it has released a significant update to its popular third-party Twitter client Twitterrific for iPhone and iPad. The latest version of the app contains over 50 new features, improvements, and bug fixes. Key features of Twitterrific 6:Auto-playing media in the timeline: Videos and GIFs silently auto-play directly in the timeline. If there is audio, it does not play unless the speaker button is tapped. This feature can be disabled if desired. Full images in the timeline: Tweets or direct messages with a single photo, video, or GIF will now display the media attachment at full size, aka its native aspect ratio. Tweets with more than one photo still show the attachments in a grid to help preserve screen space, but with an improved layout and face detection. GIPHY integration: There is a new button to easily add GIFs from GIPHY when composing a tweet or direct message. Quoted tweets with media: When quoting another tweet, users can now attach photos, a video, or a GIF, a feature introduced by Twitter last month. The timeline displays both the quoted tweet and the media attached. Improved attachment previewing: Users can now tap the small thumbnail of attached media for a larger view, and more easily add accessibility descriptions to all images, videos, and GIFs.Twitterrific has also gained a fresh redesign, a new SF Rounded font, five new themes, three new app icon choices, a dozen new iMessage stickers, accessibility improvements like a new high contrast text option, and much more. Twitterrific 6 is a new product with a new

TweetDeck for Mac Gains New Compose Window With Support for GIFs and Polls

Twitter today updated its TweetDeck for Mac app to introduce a new compose window with a refreshed look and new capabilities. The updated window features a cleaner design with either a dark theme or a light theme based on your preferences. In the screenshot below, the darker theme is depicted, with the original window on the left and the new window on the right. The compose window now includes support for adding GIFs to a tweet, a new addition to TweetDeck, and there's also an option for creating a poll. A new emoji picker has been added, and support for image descriptions and tags is new. TweetDeck is providing an option to swap between the new compose window and the old, so those who prefer the original interface can stick with it for the time being. Guess what? You're in luck! As of today we're testing a new way of Tweeting, now with the ability to add GIFs, threads, polls, emoji AND image tagging via TweetDeck 🎉🙌🎊— TweetDeck (@TweetDeck) May 16, 2019 The new features are part of a server side update, so you don't need to download a new version of the app to get the updated compose window. TweetDeck for Mac can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for free. [Direct Link]

Twitter Fixes iOS Bug That Accidentally Stored and Shared Location Data

Twitter today announced that it has addressed an iOS bug that caused the service to inadvertently collect and share location data. On the Twitter support site, Twitter says that for iOS users who had more than one account on Twitter and opted into sharing location information on one account, location data may have been collected when using any other account on the same device, even if location features were not activated. Twitter also says that some of that location data was mistakenly sent to one of its advertising partners, but the data was "fuzzed" so that only zipcode or city data was shared. The location data was not able to map precise movements nor was it tied to Twitter handle.Separately, we had intended to remove location data from the fields sent to a trusted partner during an advertising process known as real-time bidding. This removal of location did not happen as planned. However, we had implemented technical measures to "fuzz" the data shared so that it was no more precise than zip code or city (5km squared). This location data could not be used to determine an address or to map your precise movements. The partner did not receive data such as your Twitter handle or other unique account IDs that could have compromised your identity on Twitter. This means that for people using Twitter for iOS who we inadvertently collected location information from, we may also have shared that information with a trusted advertising partner.Twitter says that its partner did not retain the location data and it was only available on their systems for a short time before

Photos, Videos, and GIFs Can Now Be Added to Retweets on Twitter

Starting today, Twitter users can put images, videos, and GIFs in retweets on mobile apps and mobile browsers, with the feature set to expand to the desktop in the future. To add a photo, video, or GIF to a retweet or quoted tweet, users can choose the retweet with comment option and then choose a media type from the toolbar. On the Twitter design account, Twitter said that implementing this small change was difficult because it needed to be added in a way that fit well in the Twitter timeline.During the first usability test, we found it was challenging for people to quickly understand all the content in a Retweet with media. This was due to the layout; two large Tweets stacked on top of each other. To improve comprehension, we focused on creating hierarchy, prioritizing the author's voice, and providing more context around the Tweet being Retweeted.To make quoted tweets and retweets with media make sense, Twitter ultimately decided to make photos, videos, and GIFs full width while showing the original tweet in a condensed, indented box. Exciting news: Today we are launching the ability to Retweet with GIF, photos, and video!We find solutions to many challenges as we build for a global, vocal audience. Here is a glimpse into our process as we worked on this feature. https://t.co/PUMr9DRQ0K— Twitter Engineering (@TwitterEng) May 6, 2019 Tweets with this new formatting are visible solely on mobile devices at the current time, so the layout will look different and not up to date on the

Twitter to Launch 'Hide Replies' Feature in June

Twitter today confirmed plans to begin experimenting with a "Hide Replies" feature starting in June, which will provide Twitter users with more control over the replies that are visible following a tweet. As TechCrunch points out, this has the potential to be controversial because the original person who tweets will be able to control which replies are visible in a conversation thread. The feature will be experimental, so it could ultimately be tweaked or scrapped entirely based on how users react to its implementation. Twitter has said that hidden responses wouldn't show up automatically, but would be viewable by others using a menu option. Along with announcing the new feature, Twitter today also shared details on its efforts to create a "healthier service" through cutting down on abuse and spam. Twitter says that it has suspended three times more abusive accounts within 24 hours of a report compared to the same time last year, 2.5 times more private information has been removed, and there's been a 45 percent uptick in efforts to suspend users who create a new account after a suspension. In the future, Twitter says it plans to introduce additional safety-related features, such as making it easier for Twitter users to share specifics when reporting abuse, adding more notices within Twitter about rule enforcement, and debuting rules that are easier to

Twitter for iOS Gains Darker Dark Mode With New 'Lights Out' Option

Twitter today announced that the Twitter app for iOS devices has been updated with a new "Lights Out" feature that makes the existing Dark Mode option even darker. The new Lights Out toggle is available in the Settings section of the Twitter app and it can be used in conjunction with the current Dark Mode feature to make Dark Mode just a bit darker for OLED displays. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said in January that Twitter was working on a new Dark Mode option in response to complaints suggesting that the existing Dark Mode was more of a dark blue than a black. It was dark. You asked for darker! Swipe right to check out our new dark mode. Rolling out today. pic.twitter.com/6MEACKRK9K— Twitter (@Twitter) March 28, 2019 The Dark Mode that existed before today's update is now the "Dim" Dark Mode in a blue/gray color, while Lights Out uses a pure black color palette. Twitter has also added an Automatic Dark Mode feature on iOS for turning on Dark Mode automatically based on timezone. 👋 Twitter, welcome to the dark(er) side.We’re excited to finally share the updated dark mode, and @design will talk about it from (you guessed it) a *design* perspective on behalf of @sofo, @bhaggs, @davidk, and many other awesome teammates who brought this to life. pic.twitter.com/JCNhZ365I6— Twitter Design (@design) March 28, 2019 Right now, the new Lights Out option is limited to iOS devices, but it should be expanding to the desktop and Android devices in the near

Twitter Launches New 'Twttr' Experimental Beta Testing App

Twitter today launched a new app called Twttr, which is designed to let participants in Twitter's Prototype Program beta test new Twitter features on iOS devices. Accordingly, the first batch of testers who have been accepted to Twitter's Prototype Program are being notified via email over the course of the next few days, and those who were not accepted to the program at this time were added to a wait list. At launch, the Twttr app is going to focus on testing a new design for conversations, which is aimed at making it easier to follow replies to an initial tweet. Conversations feature a more chat bubble-like shape along with indentation and color coding. TechCrunch says that in the future, Twitter may use its prototype app to test out additional changes that could be implemented into the main Twitter app in the future. Not everyone is going to be accepted to the prototype app testing program. A few thousand English and Japanese speakers will be invited, though testers will be able to discuss the changes. Our prototype app, twttr, launches to the first group of participants today. #LetsHaveAConvo about new features to build a better Twitter together.— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) March 11, 2019 The Twttr prototype testing app is being distributed through Apple's TestFlight beta

Twitter Taking Applications for Prototype 'Twttr' App for Testing New Features

Twitter today launched its Twitter Prototype Program and is accepting applications from people who want to beta test new Twitter features on iOS devices. Twitter's tests will be done through a new app called Twttr rather than in the existing Twitter app. The first feature Twitter plans to test is a new design for conversations, which will make it easier to follow replies to an initial tweet. Twitter asks beta testing applicants for their user name, which device they most often use Twitter on, primary language, and country of residence. Want to help us build some new Twitter features? We want it to be easier to read, understand, and join conversations — and we’d love to know what you think. Sign up to be one of the first to try out our new prototype app, twttr. #LetsHaveAConvo— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) February 20, 2019 After filling out the form, the company says users who have applied will receive an update on application status within a few

TweetDeck for Mac Should Crash Less Often Following Latest Update

TweetDeck for Mac has been updated with backend improvements that are said to "significantly improve the stability of the app." This includes a fix for a major crashing issue that was affecting many users, including a few of our editors. The full release notes for version 3.11:- This release replaces the old web view implementation with a modern one based on WKWebView. Because of this change the minimum supported macOS version is now 10.10 (Yosemite). - Memory usage has been significantly reduced. - Fixes the ability to link Twitter accounts through Teams. - Fixes a major crash that was impacting a lot of people. This should significantly improve the stability of the app.The last TweetDeck for Mac update in January also promised to "fix many crashes," but the app still closed unexpectedly on occasion in our own usage, so hopefully this week's update delivers on its word. Twitter bought TweetDeck back in 2011 and largely neglected the Mac app for several years. Unfortunately, it is the only desktop app that supports continuous streaming of tweets due to Twitter's new limitations on third-party apps last year. TweetDeck for Mac can be updated via the Mac App Store.

Twitter Has Been Keeping Deleted DMs for Years

If you've deleted your DMs, they may be unavailable on your phone and on the web, but Twitter is still saving them, according to data from security researcher Karan Saini that was shared today by TechCrunch. Twitter also keeps direct messages and data sent to and from accounts that have either been deactivated or suspended, according to Saini, who discovered years-old messages in a file from an archive of data from an account that was no longer active. A bug in a now-deprecated API used to allow him to get direct messages even after a message was deleted by both sender and recipient. Twitter says that accounts that are deactivated and deleted are removed along with all of their data after 30 days, but TechCrunch found that's not the case.But, in our tests, we could recover direct messages from years ago -- including old messages that had since been lost to suspended or deleted accounts.Twitter lets you download all of the data associated with your account, even a suspended or deactivated account, which lets you see everything that the company is storing. Saini told TechCrunch this is a "functional bug" that lets people bypass Twitter mechanisms to prevent access to these kind of accounts, but as TechCrunch points out, it's also a reminder that delete doesn't mean delete when it comes to direct messages. Twitter told TechCrunch that it is "looking into this further to ensure we have considered the entire scope of the

Twitter Could Get Option for 'Clarifying' Tweets

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey today commented on the possibility of an edit button for tweets, suggesting Twitter is considering a feature that might let people go back and add clarifications or annotations to older tweets. As shared by Recode, Dorsey said that right now, there's "no credible way" for people to "go back and clarify" their older tweets, a problem that Twitter wants to solve."How do we enable people to quickly go back or to any tweet, whether it be years back or today, and show that original tweet -- kind of like a quote retweet, a retweet with comment -- and to add some context and some color on what they might have tweeted or what they might have meant. By doing so you might imagine that the original tweet then would not have the sort of engagement around it. Like you wouldn't be able to retweet the original tweet, for instance. You would just show the clarification, you would be able to retweet the clarification, so it always carries around with it that context. That's one approach. Not saying that we are going to launch that but those are the sorts of questions we are going to ask."Dorsey has been talking about adding some kind of edit feature to Twitter, something that most users on Twitter want, for months now, but no editing feature has materialized. The clarification feature mentioned here isn't the type of editing option for typos and errors that people are hoping for, but it could let users add clarifications to tweets that will be seen by everyone, unlike a quoted tweet. In a statement, a Twitter spokesperson said that if the feature is created

Twitter Testing 'Original Tweeter' Tag to Identify Who Started a Thread

Twitter is testing a new feature it hopes will make it easier for users to work out who started a thread. The new tag, which has begun appearing for some users of the platform, identifies the "original tweeter" in a thread. Twitter hopes the feature will make it easier to distinguish accounts that pretend to be the person who started a thread, which may also help prevent certain types of abuse on the platform. Twitter confirmed the experiment to TechCrunch, and said that it had rolled out the feature to a "small percentage" of iOS and Android users. "Twitter's purpose is to serve the public conversation. As part of this work, we're exploring adding more context to discussions by highlighting relevant replies – like those from the original Tweeter," Twitter's director of product management Sara Haider told TechCrunch in a statement.The "original tweeter" tag appears to be the latest fruits of the company's new beta app, in which a select group of users gain get access to new features within a standalone app, where they can test and talk about them with others. Twitter is using what it learns from the beta app to decide whether to make the tests part of full-blown product features for its wider user base. The first beta is focusing on testing a new design for the way conversation threads work on Twitter. New interface elements currently under review include a different color scheme and visual cues to highlight important

Twitter Starts Rolling Out Simplified Web View, Preps Updated Dark Mode

Twitter today announced that it has started rolling out a new, simplified interface on the web, which is available to some users starting today. The updated interface features a two-column design instead of the current three-column layout, and there are a number of new features aimed at making it easier to use Twitter on the web. Twitter is gaining an emoji button, quick keyboard shortcuts, an upgraded trends feature, an advanced search interface, and more. According to Twitter, some users are seeing an opt-in option to give the new interface a try as of today, while others will need to wait to see the new design. Those who do not prefer the updated look can opt out. A new https://t.co/fHiPXozBdO is coming.Some of you got an opt-in to try it now. Check out the emoji button, quick keyboard shortcuts, upgraded trends, advanced search, and more. Let us know your thoughts! pic.twitter.com/G8gWvdHnzB— Twitter (@Twitter) January 22, 2019 Twitter is also working on an updated Dark Mode feature, according to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. In a reply to a Twitter user complaining about the current Dark Mode interface, which is more of a dark blue than black, Dorsey said Twitter is planning to fix it with true black color in the future. Was just talking about this with @kayvz. Will fix.— jack (@jack) January 20, 2019 There's no word on when Twitter plans to introduce the updated dark mode, but those unhappy with the current version will be glad to know an update is

Twitter Adds Option for Viewing Your Timeline Chronologically

As of today, Twitter is introducing a new option that will allow iOS users to easily view their tweets in a chronological order, a feature Twitter users have wanted for quite some time. The chronological feed option can be accessed by tapping on a sparkle-shaped icon at the top right of the Twitter app, which changes the view between latest tweets and the current top tweets option. Twitter originally used a reverse chronological feed, showing the newest tweets at the top of the app before switching to a timeline that places a selection of top tweets first. It's been years since Twitter switched to the top tweets timeline style, and many Twitter users have missed being able to view content chronologically. New on iOS! Starting today, you can tap ✨ to switch between the latest and top Tweets in your timeline. Coming soon to Android. pic.twitter.com/6B9OQG391S— Twitter (@Twitter) December 18, 2018 Twitter in September introduced an option to turn off the "Show the best Tweets first" feature, but today's new toggle goes further and makes it easier to get a chronological timeline view. Twitter says the chronological feed toggle is available on iOS today and will roll out to the web and Android devices