Twitter’s pretty well known for silently testing major and minor tweaks to its app on a small audience, and one of our tipsters spotted such a change. It’s small, but Twitter is experimenting with changing the floating window popup for additional actions into a bottom-up “sheet” menu.
Left: Old/current UI. Right: UI in testing.
It’s not the most drastic change, but it would affect the menu which appears if you tap the little arrow on the corner of tweets, which includes things like copy link to Tweet, mute, block, and report. Read MoreTwitter is testing a UI change for retweet and ‘more’ menus on tweets was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
They say you should always start with a joke, and boy did Twitter have a real knee-slapper at the beginning of its latest blog post: “The Twitter Rules apply to everyone who uses Twitter.” Haha. With the joke out of the way, Twitter explains that it has developed a new comprehensive policy on dehumanizing speech. It’s also asking for feedback from all of us on the new policy.
Here’s the new policy, as well as what Twitter considers to be “dehumanizing.”
Twitter’s Dehumanization Policy
You may not dehumanize anyone based on membership in an identifiable group, as this speech can lead to offline harm. Read MoreTwitter unveils new policy on dehumanizing speech, seeks feedback from users was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Twitter is making a change that no one thought they’d ever make — the chronological timeline is officially making its return! Shockingly, Twitter admitted that its “show the best Tweets first” feature hasn’t really panned out. While the algorithm did promote content from other users that you might be interested in, it also hid a lot of the Tweets from people you actually follow.
The company is working on a new setting “to switch between a timeline of Tweets that are most relevant for you and a timeline of the latest Tweets. You’ll see us test this in the coming weeks.” But until the “new” feature is available, Twitter has “updated the “Show the best Tweets first” setting. When off, you’ll only see Tweets from people you follow in reverse chronological order. Previously when turned off, you’d also see “In case you missed it” and recommended Tweets from people you don’t follow.”
While changing things back to the way they were may not sound like a big deal, avid Twitter users will likely mark today as one of the best days in Twitter history. That being said, it’ll be interesting to see how many Twitter users actually use the chronological timeline feature once it’s officially rolled out.
Now, if we could just convince Twitter that editing Tweets is a good thing…
2/ We’ve learned that when showing the best Tweets first, people find Twitter more relevant and useful. However, we’ve heard feedback from people who at times prefer to see the most recent Tweets.
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) September 17, 2018