Plans for Twitter

[drop_cap]W[/drop_cap]e can all rejoice as Twitter today announced the social network will revert back to its chronological timeline, two years after replacing it with an algorithm that generated a feed of best tweets, which showed up tweets from all matter of times and days.

I still think there are a few more functions that Twitter could enable, to make the user experience even better. See if you agree.

1. Hide Retweets and Likes in one foul swoop.
Unless I’m missing something, to hide someone’s Retweets and likes from appearing in your timeline, you have to go into that person’s specific profile and set the option specifically for them. Why isn’t there a feature which enables a blanket ban on this from all accounts you follow, or indeed the option of selecting multiple accounts this should apply too at the same time?

2. Edit Tweet
We’ve all been there. We’ve written a tweet, given it a quick read through and sent it out. Then realised you’ve spelt a word wrong. Do you let it go and hope no one notices, or delete the tweet and write it again? If it’s the latter, that tweet would have already gained some impressions that you’ve now lost. A simple “Edit tweet” button would suffice, heck, you could even have a function where you can only edit a tweet within a minute or two of it posting. Just a thought?

3. Bring back the Mac OS App
Twitter removed it’s Mac OS app from the app store and stopped supporting it in March 2018. Sure, there’s Tweetdeck and Hootsuite, which are great for scheduling posts and viewing hashtags in their own columns, but in all honesty, they’re too clunky when compared to the simple interface of the Mac OS app. It was a simple app that could float around seamlessly on your desktop. I liked it for general tweeting and viewing.

4. Verification
Twitter suspended applications for account verification back in 2017, citing this was seen as an endorsement by many people, which wasn’t the case at all. They said they were working on a new authentication programme – but nothing has been mentioned since? Facebook offers pages a grey tick – why not offer a blue tick for public interest/celebrities, and a grey tick for individuals who are high profile in their local community (For example, Council leaders, NHS organisations), or for local business and charity profiles? This would at least highlight this is the official account for that person/organisation and anyone else using the same name is a wannabe?

 

What else would you like to see Twitter do to improve in the future?

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