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Twitter makes changes through prototype app

Twitter is changing how users can engage with tweets.

Through the company's experimental, prototype app twttr, it appears some new features could be on the way including a new swipe gesture to allow people to like - or reply to - tweets, while other features include thread labels to clearly identify the original poster, and a way to view profiles while keeping you in your timeline.

Twitter's Sara Haider said: "Our goal is to make conversations easier to understand, and with the new threaded layout, people told us they found conversations easier to follow and liked seeing more of the conversation.

"Hiding engagements in replies resulted in the most mixed reviews: While some found themselves focusing more on the conversation as opposed to the metrics, others felt that the extra step to tap made it harder to Like and Retweet replies.

"Some felt that replies can get crowded, especially in long conversations. Lengthy threads become harder to read due to indentation and too many "Show more" buttons.

"Most people prefer the twttr reply highlighting, but also expressed visibility issues in dark mode. There was overall support for replying on twttr, specifically with the ability to reply in one place within a conversation; yet at times, it was confusing who you're replying to."

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