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Twitter tries to get it right with new features

Saransh Pandey

Intern
  • November 20, 2020
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    Fleets appear at the top of the app in round bubbles with the icon of the user who posted them in the center

The key executive at microblogging platform Twitter has announced that it is working on new features which include new methods of private feedback on the platform and private apologies and forgiveness, other updates will also include live audio spaces, which will allow users to communicate through the audio medium individually or even in groups. 

Fleets appear at the top of the app in round bubbles with the icon of the user who posted them in the center. Once they are posted, they stay for 24 hours and then expire so people can no longer access them. The entire format is one that has been used by apps like Snapchat and Instagram and later adopted by platforms Facebook (which owns Instagram), LinkedIn, and others. 

Twitter will also come up with stories like feature Fleet for all its user across the globe, after testing these new features in countries like India, Brazil, and Italy. Director of design at Twitter, Joshua Harris, said that they have seen through market tests and research that it makes sense for their platform. According to him, people will feel more comfortable joining a conversation if there is an ephemeral format. 

Nikkia Reveillac, head of research at Twitter, said that Twitter needs to be better if it truly wants to serve the global conversation. She said, “ If we don’t provide people the ways to connect and participate, there won’t be any conversation.” Twitter says that Fleets are still evolving, and in the coming weeks will include more features like stickers and a broadcast function, according to the press release. 

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