At the moment I am writing this, Facebook has been down for almost three hours. (Perhaps Elizabeth Warren got her wish.) So it would be the perfect time for other social media platforms, like, say, Twitter to swoop in with some good news, right?
Yeah, well, that would assume that the people who run Twitter actually gave a flip about what its users actually need and/or want.
Case in point… Twitter just launched a new prototype application called “twttr.” (Try typing that out with any speed.)
This new “twttr” (the original project code name for the service that became Twitter) is supposedly designed to be “easier to read, understand, and join conversations.”
Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO, says he is using it.
According to TechCrunch…
…the new twttr app will focus on testing new designs for conversations. As the company demonstrated at CES, the prototype app will show a different format for replies, where conversations themselves have a more rounded chat-like shape and are indented so they’re easier to follow. Engagements, sharing options and other tweet details are hidden from view in order to simplify reading through longer threads.
And, most notably, the different types of replies are color-coded to designate those from the original poster as well as those Twitter users you personally follow. This is meant to offer better visual cues to readers who are trying to follow a lengthier thread where, often, side conversations take place, or the original poster jumps in to clarify things or respond to individual tweets.
Twitter co-founder Biz Stone is also using it.
#LetsHaveAConvo, you say, huh, Biz? Be careful what you ask for, because, well, this is Twitter after all.https://twitter.com/jetpack/status/1105211714499424258
Not sure how to get this conversation going. I’m a visual person, so here’s a few things from my phone that I think might work. Bold, a little weird—bird flew away. I hear you, brother. pic.twitter.com/36bp104eYk— Miss Alissa (@themstems) March 12, 2019
this they can manage but an edit button, even one with a time limit is impossible.— 1,686,436 confirmed US C-19 cases; 99,300 dead (@notUnitePink) March 11, 2019
Can you edit tweets? And are there less Nazis?— Andrew Lewis (@hatwearer2034) March 11, 2019
How about you, Jack? You want to talk?https://twitter.com/jetpack/status/1105153479125852164
Hi, what are the 1st and the 3 last Health App you've got please ? tx if you answer. Have a nice day (from France)— JeanSébastien GALLOO (@jsgalloo) March 12, 2019
How about whoever runs Twitter’s, uh, Twitter account? Convo?
Fed up with the #Twiiter app on my phone changing from latest tweets back to that home thing. Why can't you give us the option to make it stick at what we set it???— Dave. (@Trampster1922) March 11, 2019
I just want to be able to see all of someone's tweets, there's comedic gold from 2012 that I can no longer enjoy because the app won't let me go back far enough 🙁— Gavin Bond 🚫🚫🚫 (@gavinisawstr) March 12, 2019
#LetsHaveAConvo fix your locked account support, ive been locked out of my account since my 18th birthday— Go To My Real Account (@ScutoidTherapy) March 11, 2019
Solid discussion so far!
Removing all the positive feedback and leaving behind the harassment is definitely a choice.— Amanda Smith (@AmandaRTubbs) March 13, 2019
Can't get ratioed if there's no ratio! pic.twitter.com/2X9d5rmmKS— Andrew Ferens 🏳️🌈 (@Andrew__Ferens) March 13, 2019
Still want to talk, Twitter people?