Twitter is an American social networking and microblogging service. That enables users to send and receive short posts on its platform, known as “tweets”. These tweets can be like 140 characters long and can as well include links to useful websites and resources. On Twitter, once you follow a person, there is every possibility that you will see the person’s tweets in your Twitter timeline.
Twitter is set to release its reply-limiting feature to all its users for real. The director of product management of the company. In the person of Suzanne Xie writes in a blog post. She says the feature is part of the effort of the platform to make people have more control over all their conversation on the social media platform.
Suzanne Xie’s Comment
Suzanne Xie mentioned something in a post. She said:
“Sometimes people are more comfortable talking about what’s happening when they can choose who can reply”, adding that Twitter has watched a lot of people making use of the settings to start up conversations that weren’t possible earlier on.
She further added saying that:
“Starting today, everyone will be able to use these settings so unwanted replies don’t get in the way of meaningful conversations.
How the reply-limiting feature works
This is how the feature works. Before you send any tweet, users will be given three options to choose from who he or she can reply. The options are:
- Either everyone, which is the standard default setting,
- Only the people the users follow or
- Only the people the users mentions in the tweet.
If you choose a setting aside from the default, the reply icon will be dimmed for those who are not permitted to reply. Also, if they can’t reply, other people making use of Twitter can still retweet, comment, like, or share that particular tweet.
Suzanne Xie wrote in the blog post that Twitter’s research displays that those who had access to the limited replies. Felt more convenient tweeting and even more secure from abuse and spam and it didn’t lead to an increase in unsupported direct messages. This is also a very good way to prevent noise, Twitter noticed. 60 percent of those who used the settings never for once make use of the mute or block options of the platform throughout the test period.
Twitter has as well been testing with the limited replies feature since the last 3 months (that is, May). Last week, the company released an update to the iPhone version of its mobile app which made it look as if the general rollout has already started. Moreover, it happened to be an early warning. According to Twitter, it said it accidentally pushed the release notes.
The Blog Post to Twitter
Even if limiting replies to tweets literally boosts conversation on Twitter to be seen. However, the company says some of the users have used the settings to have more thoughtful chats concerning politics. As well as social issues.
The blog post states:
“People are sharing more of their thoughts – tweets using these settings. About topics like Black Live Matters and COVID-19 are on average longer than those that don’t use these settings”. Also, ” differing views” can be shared through the retweet with comment/quote tweet option. So the reply guys might just turn out to be the quote guys.