16 January 2020
Twitter is one of those places that tell you what’s happening in the world, however, it could be a confusing place for some as well. Being the microblogging site, Twitter runs a bit different from most of the available social media today. But the good thing is Twitter continuously makes efforts and adds new capabilities so that it becomes easier to stay at its platform. Now, a new feature aims to make the platform even more interactive and a suitable place to be in.
Twitter has rolled out Topics feature that lets you follow particular subjects of our interest so that you need not find individual accounts to stay up to date. While announcing the new feature, Twitter does say that the platform can be an overwhelming place to discover relevant topics of interest because everything is taking place at once.
In the coming months, you’ll be able to follow conversations about a topic similar to how you’d follow an account with one single tap.
So following a particular topic will fetch all the related tweets from multiple accounts related to a given subject and hence you will need not to go to search and look for specific accounts of interest.
Twitter has curated a list of some 300 topics that are relevant to the US market and the local interests for other countries may get added in the coming months. You can choose from subjects like sports, band, or a celebrity and see a “whole host of accounts that are experts, fans, or just tend to talk about that thing a lot on Twitter.” This way, the “conversation will come to you.”
Twitter has also added Topics as a category to the app’s sidebar menu as well for quick access to follow topics of your interest. You may also be randomly suggested to follow a topic, either within the timeline or in the search section. The related tweets will appear in your timeline with a badge for easy identification.
The update to Twitter that will unlock this new Topics feature is already rolling out via Play Store but you can expect to see these suggestions in your timeline and in search during the coming months.
The Topics feature first came to notice when it was uttered by the Twitter product manager back in August. It was under testing on Android at that time. It was also noted that Twitter is testing some other interesting features, including searchable direct messages, the ability to re-order the photos in a tweet, and more.
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