Twitter Adds Floating Compose Button and Tests Option to Switch Between Latest and Top Tweets

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Twitter has added a new compose button to its official mobile app for iOS that's designed for one-handed scrolling and tweet composing.

    Located in the bottom right of the Twitter interface, the new floating icon can be tapped to start composing a tweet.


    Meanwhile, a 3D Touch or long press gesture on the button causes three options to fan out in a radial menu that includes quick access to drafts, images/videos and the GIF gallery.

    Elsewhere, Twitter has announced new tools for users to report spam. The standard Report Tweet options remain as usual, but flagging a suspicious or spam tweet offers the following additional options:
    [*]The account tweeting this is fake.
    [*]Includes a link to a potentially harmful, malicious, or phishing site.
    [*]The hashtags included seem unrelated.
    [*]Uses the reply function to spam.
    [*]It's something else. In addition to the above, Twitter has started testing an option to quickly access a classic reverse chronological timeline, as promised back in September. The feature, currently only available to a small number of users, comes in the form new icon in the top right of the interface providing a shortcut to switch between the latest and "top" tweets in the feed.


    Once the feature officially rolls out, it should allay user frustration with Twitter's curated selection of tweets, which often includes a mishmash of relatively old tweets, ads, and tweets your friends like.

    Article Link: Twitter Adds Floating Compose Button and Tests Option to Switch Between Latest and Top Tweets
  2. BrettArchibald macrumors member


    Jul 31, 2007
    This is iOS, not Android.
    Yet another reason to avoid using the official Twitter app.
  3. levitynyc macrumors 65816

    Aug 19, 2006
    What a horrible app.

    Tweetbot was perfect except they removed most of the good features due to the Twitter API changing.

    They won’t do anything about bullying or harassment, add an “edit” feature, but hey, let’s consider removing the “like button”
  4. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    So they add a floating compose button when it was perfectly fine where it was. If they want to move all the controls to the bottom for one handed ease of use with big phones fine but get rid of this floating buttons crap.
  5. 4jasontv macrumors 65816

    Jul 31, 2011
    I don’t use Twitter, but I assumed that tweets had a very short lifespan. As in, seconds to minutes. Isn’t twitter supposed to be the bleeding edge of up to date social networking? I mean if users wanted to read old tweets, that’s cool and all, but it feels counter to their identity.
  6. Jazz76 macrumors newbie


    Mar 13, 2015
  7. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2010
    Pittsburgh PA
    If I wanted to use a craptastic android app, I'd use a craptastic android phone. This material design button needs to go.

    At the very least, the button needs to disappear when you scroll.
  8. JosephAW macrumors 68000


    May 14, 2012
    I was wondering what that was when I saw it today. Meh.
  9. Exxhara macrumors member


    Aug 2, 2017
    I actually use Twitter like 100% of the time [maybe 3-4 hrs a day] and adding this floating 'Tweet' button is GENIUS! i hated having to go to the home page and click 'compose tweet'. Now i can tweet from wherever I am on the page.
  10. friednoodles Suspended

    Feb 4, 2014
    The only app I use where having a floating button isn't annoying is Things, and that's because it's tucked into the corner and the app doesn't have any bottom navigation bar. Additionally, it has an actual purpose for being there - you can drag the button directly into the current list to place a new item at the spot you want.

    Twitter's implementation of this is terrible. Just do what every third party Twitter app does and stick it in the permanent navigation bars that already exist and are taking up screen space! I feel like this is an attempt by them to try to get people to tweet more by having the button in your face all the time.
  11. talkingrain macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2017
    I don’t understand the point of this. You still have to click the tweet button in the top right corner after you’ve actually typed the tweet lol

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  12. masterleep macrumors newbie


    Oct 19, 2017
    Floating buttons that block content are the worst. Really bad idea, Twitter.
  13. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    How do you get rid of it ? It’s very distracting
  14. JosephAW macrumors 68000


    May 14, 2012
    After using the twitter app with the new floating button today I decided I didn't like it and went to settings to disable it but there was no option switch. Also tried to move it to another location by dragging it but it doesn't move. No options to customize it or add or remove other buttons. Useless.
  15. X--X macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2015
    Since I only use Twitter as a newsfeed, I really do not like that floating compose button.
  16. s15119 macrumors 68000


    Nov 20, 2010
    Works fine. It's amazing the things people complain about.
  17. JosephAW macrumors 68000


    May 14, 2012
    Now there's another floating button for sorting latest tweets. o_O

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