Twitter is looking into some new features for the app, some of which have been demoed in the iOS app.
This week, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted that they are testing out presence and threading features for the platform and applications. These features have been previewed in Twitter's iOS app.
Firstly, is a new Presence feature. It would allow users to see who is online at any given time, similar to Instagram's recently added Activity Status. It would show a green dot near your profile picture to indicate your online presence.
Many people have started criticising the presence feature. One user wrote that they're "Not a fan of presence in this kind of space so would prefer opt-in if it happens. The reply threading looks promising and could be a big improvement as long as there’s still a way to read a thread without interruption".
Twitter Developer Sara Haider responded, saying
Twitter would definitely want you to have full control over sharing your presence.
suggesting that the feature would be opt-in or opt-out and you can disable it.
A new threading look is coming to the reply system on Twitter. With this new interface, replies look more message-like, compared to now, where you can see all main replies to a Tweet and tap on the replies to view individual threads.
A release for the new features has not be set as of yet, and are being tested in the iOS app, as we can see from the screenshots. The changes will most likely come to the web and Android app too.
Author's opinion: I think the presence feature would be an opt-out for me, I use it on Instagram - but I would feel less comfortable using it on Twitter. The interface for the threaded replies looking absolutely awful and also dated, so at the moment, that's a no from me. It's also far too cluttered. I hope Twitter doesn't roll these features out to everyone at the stage they're currently in.