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Twitter is testing a new icon feature

Twitter is testing new icons within replies.

The social media platform is rolling out a new feature that will let people easily discover who's who in a conversation, allowing them to join in with the discussion more easily.

The feature includes three kinds of icon that appear toward the bottom right of a users profile picture when they reply to a tweet. A small microphone indicates replies from the author of the original tweet, an @ symbol for replies by users who were mentioned in the original tweet, and a tick for replies by users the viewer is following.

Twitter previously tested labels on replies for the same criteria back in April this year, but scrapped the idea after users complained the chunky text at the top of each tweet was invasive and distracted from the tweet they were trying to read.

In a tweet sent in April, Twitter wrote: "We want it to be easy to follow and join conversations on Twitter. We're testing out labels on replies: author, mentioned, and following. If you see them, let us know what you think!"

And the social media company replied to that tweet on Thursday (18.07.19) with the updated changes to icons instead.

They added: "We're testing icons instead of labels within replies. Check it out and let us know what you think!"

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