Twitter updates website and mobile apps with easier conversation tracking
Twitter has launched an update across its website and mobile apps on Wednesday to make it easier for users to discover and follow conversations taking place on their Twitter timeline. The update comes after several years of hard to follow conversation, and this update could be considered pretty substantial in helping new Twitter users navigate their way across the social network a bit easier.
Tweets that are part of a conversation will now be connected by a blue line, and most importantly, will be shown in chronological order so it's easier to follow. Now when viewing a full conversation by tapping the tweet, it actually feels like a Facebook or Pocket-lint comment thread, with the oldest replies at the top. In a way it goes the opposite to the rest of the timeline where the newest tweets appear first.
"You’ll see up to three tweets in sequence in your home timeline; if you want to see more, you can tap a tweet to see all the replies, including those from people you don’t follow," writes Twitter.
No longer will you scroll down your timeline and see a random @reply. Instead you'll see the original tweet before the @reply to provide you with a bit of context. A video released by Twitter portrays this well.
While the update may upset longtime Twitter users, the main goal looks to be so that noobs on the service know exactly what's going on - if not to give them more of a Facebook feel. The website, iOS app, and Android app now have the magic blue line included.
Twitter also announced on Wednesday the inclusion of being able to share conversations over email. On iPhone and Android, you can share individual Tweets over email, and on Android you can share via direct message as well.
Furthermore, you can now report individual tweets for abuse or spam directly from Twitter for Android and the Twitter website, a feature the iPhone has had for quite some time. Lastly, the Twitter for Android experience has been improved on entry-level Android smartphones. The Twitter app is now less than half the previous size, making it much faster to download and easier to install on phones like the Samsung Galaxy Y, HTC Explorer, Micromax Bolt.