Twitter has been testing the threaded response feature for some time, which aims to make responses easier to read and follow, but on Thursday, it said it had finished testing the feature based on the response it got from users.
“We asked and you answered that this form of responses is not appropriate, because it makes it difficult to read, and join the conversations,” Twitter said in a tweet posted on Thursday. He added, “So we stopped this coordination to work on other ways to improve conversations on Twitter.”
Your feedback shapes Twitter.— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) December 3, 2020
We asked and you let us know this reply layout wasn’t it, as it was harder to read and join conversations. So we’ve turned off this format to work on other ways to improve conversations on Twitter. https://t.co/pA4Yd0QfyW
In a subsequent tweet, the site said: The interconnected responses made it difficult for users to read the conversations and join them, and that users wanted to know precisely who they were speaking to.
We’re constantly testing and working on ways for Twitter to better serve the public conversation. Since last year, we’ve tested new ways to make conversations easier to follow and join on our prototype app twttr, and more recently on Twitter too. 🧵— Twitter Comms (@TwitterComms) December 3, 2020
In addition to announcing the termination of the threaded response feature testing, the site announced the termination of its experimental application called twttr, which was designed to test many features, including the threaded responses feature.
In another tweet, the site said, “We have now decided to terminate the twttr application in order to be able to work on new tests that improve the conversation experience on Twitter.” A spokesman for Twitter said: The current twttr users will not be able at the present time to use the application, but Twitter is looking at the next possible steps for the application, in light of developing future plans to test new products.
We appreciate the feedback you gave us through this run of our prototype app twttr. For now we’re turning it off so we can work on new tests to improve the conversation experience on Twitter.— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) December 3, 2020
If you’re using twttr, switch to the main Twitter app to keep up with what’s happening. https://t.co/xq4emx9HeH
Twitter had first talked about testing the threaded responses feature in August 2018, then began testing it with the twttr app in March 2019, then added it to the iOS app in January, then modified the way to display Linked tweets from some iOS and web users this past May. But it seems that the new feature hasn’t caught up with many Twitter users.
With regard to the features that the site is considering adding, an official at Twitter revealed last November that it was studying the possibility of adding the dislike button, or the ability to passively vote for tweets that users did not like, similar to popular sites, such as: Reddit.