Twitter has revealed several long-awaited features this week, including new ways to filter the content on your timeline, the ability to limit who can see your tweets to a specific group, and even the ability to edit tweets.
Let’s explore what each feature does in detail and when you might see it in your feed below:
Twitter is publicly testing new timeline options for users which will gather content related to recent events or themes.
Though the feature was previewed earlier this year, users finally saw the first example of one of these topic-focused timelines on August 24th around the airing of ABC’s “The Bachelorette”.
While some are calling these “custom timelines”, these topic-focused timelines will be generated via Twitter’s content algorithms using a combination of search terms, usernames, topics, and manual curation.
The social network is introducing a new way to limit who can see specific tweets.
Twitter Circles allow you to select a number of specific users who will be able to see specific tweets that other users cannot.
The most obvious use of this feature will be letting public figures publish more casual or personal tweets to their close friends while still maintaining a professional appearance for most users.
Additionally, brands might use Twitter Circles to give access to an exclusive group of up to 150 followers – potentially delivering exclusive promotions or product sneak peeks.
Edit Published Tweets
After years of requests from users, Twitter has confirmed it is finally testing an edit feature that would let users change the contents of their tweets for up to 30 minutes after posting.
The company announced the test via a tweet, though a since-published blog post provided more details about how the feature will work and who will have access.
“We’re hoping that, with the availability of Edit Tweet, tweeting will feel more approachable and less stressful,” Twitter said in the blog post. “You should be able to participate in the conversation in a way that makes sense to you, and we’ll keep working on ways that make it feel effortless to do just that.”
Once edited, tweets will also include a timestamp, icon, and label indicating it has been updated.
While the feature is hotly anticipated, users may be disappointed to hear that the edit button will be limited to paying Twitter Blue subscribers – at least initially.
The company says its next stage of testing will give early access to subscribers so that Twitter can monitor how the edit feature is used by the public.