Twttr, a prototype app launched by Twitter earlier this year, has been testing new ways to display Twttr conversations, including through thematic responses and other visual cues, according tomedia TechCrunch. These features have now been discovered on Twitter.com, giving the service a message board-like feel.
Twitter’s goal with twttr is to provide it with a more experimental test space to publicly try to make more radical changes to Twitter’s user interface, get feedback, then iterate as needed, and then roll out the changes to Twitter’s main user base. Since March, the prototype twttr application has focused on how threaded conversations work, sometimes including different ways to tag posts in an online process.
For example, currently, twttr marks the original post (the person who started the conversation) with a small microphone icon similar to Reddit. It also tests a way to view the details of a tweet in a card layout, and users can activate it with a click. But its main focus remains on how the thread conversation itself is displayed.
In August, Twitter announced that Sara Haider, who is in charge of Conversations Design, would run twttr, and announced that she would move to the company’s new team. Suzanne Xie, who has just joined Twitter in the form of a takeover of Lightwell, then led the Conversations team. At the time, she confirmed that part of her responsibilities would work with the twttr team to apply the best part of it to major Twitter apps. This work now seems to be under way.
Jane Manchun Wong, a well-known reverse engineer, has previously discovered the layout of the dialogue interface being developed on Twitter.com.
Just this week, the feature has made some tweaks, including the ability to even follow specific tweets with a permanent link, similar to twttr’s card-style layout, which highlights the tweets you click on in the thread in the same way.
It is understood that Jane Manchun Wong did not choose to take an A/B test on Twitter.com to see the feature, but discovered it through her investigative techniques.
Twitter confirmed her findings as part of the company’s broader plan to introduce twttr’s features to Twitter, which will be launched next year.
In addition, the company is considering how to use the twttr application to experiment with other features.