Twitter tests a new tag that makes it easier to analyze who started a thread. The new feature, which appears for some users, makes it easier to find posts from the original tweet within a thread, but can also help limit (certain types of) abuse on the platform, making it easier to separate accounts as
Twitter confirmed the experiment to TechCrunch and noted that the tag has been rolled out to a "small percentage" of iOS and Android users in different markets.
"The purpose of Twitter is to serve the public conversation. As part of this work, we are exploring to add more context for discussion by highlighting relevant responses – like those from the original tweeter," says Twitter Product Manager Sara Haider to TechCrunch in a statement.
In practice, this will probably be most helpful for situations that distinguish Elon Musk from the Ethereum hocking fake copies that appear beneath him, so users do not need to read all the signs of the user's handle before they can tell me if it is reliable.
This solution obviously only helps users distinguish "the owner" from the thread they are looking at, but it is a good start, since the company verifies more accounts, yet allows users to easily rename or profile photos , this can avert some imitation problems.
One wonders if they could more easily distinguish "Original Tweeter" on a cut Somehow than by spelling out "Original Tweeter" under their handle, but it's a little rollout and I guess it leaves very little room for interpretation, so regardless.
It really is a small change, but everything goes into Twitter's more drastic (beta) plans to introduce changes such as color-coded answers that give users more prominent interface codes to gather insights on the threads they browse through.
The same beta app also introduces features like algorithmically sorted answers and a generally more toned user interface.