16 July 2019
Twitter is reportedly ready to bring some significant changes to its platform and it will soon start testing them with a few users first. Twitter announced about the future feature releases at an event held with a handful of reporters.
The first feature to roll out for users to test is the ability to follow the topics of interests just like you follow an account. The aim is to let users follow their interests more easily without having to search for potential accounts that follow a similar interest. This way users will be able to find the best content at one place without any further search on the platform. The new feature would make Twitter more interactive and the users will tend to spend more time exploring it further.
According to TheVerge, Topics will be curated by Twitter, with individual tweets being identified through machine learning rather than the editorial curation. For now, Twitter would only support sports-related interests and users will be able to follow only this topic. When the feature goes live, users will be able to follow more topics from other areas like television, celebrities, and we believe, cooking, food, and more as well.
Twitter is first testing this new feature with the users on Android. You will also be able to mute certain topics you had followed. For instance, if you haven’t watched an episode from a TV series and you want to stay away from the spoilers then simply mute that topic.
Twitter has plans for iOS users as well. As announced, Twitter will support Live Photos on its platform, which means users will be able to finally tweet a Live Photo. Unlike the current scenario, the motion in the Live photos will be able to see by all. During the announcement, Twitter talked only about the support for iOS, so it’s yet to be cleared if the same is available for Twitter from the Mac.
Other features planned to launch in future releases include searchable direct messages, the ability to re-order the photos in a tweet after you have attached them to a new post, and adding separate lists that can be customized with both account and topics.