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Twitter Ends Threaded Conversations Tests After Negative User Feedback

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This year, Twitter has been testing threaded replies for some iOS and web users, with the aim of making it easier to see how conversations evolve. However, it turns out the new-look, Reddit-style replies were actually more confusing for users of the typical conversation interface, and the company has decided to roll back the changes.


Those who trialed the new layout for replies saw lines and indentations that were supposed to make it clearer who is talking to whom and to fit more of the conversation in one view. Twitter also put engagement actions such as Like, Retweet, and Reply icons behind an extra tap in an effort to make replies to conversations easier to follow. The features were first trialed in the experimental twttr beta app and then added to the regular app a few months later.

But negative user feedback made the company revert the branching Twitter conversations to the classic arrangement, with many finding the style harder to read and join conversations. Twitter's Comms account said users would no longer see the threaded replies from Thursday.


Twitter hasn't given up on making it easier to follow conversations, and the company said it would continue to work on adding more context about who users are talking to, with a view to iterating its conversation settings to increase control. It seems the twttr beta app will no longer be ground zero for future experimental features on the social platform, though – Twitter said it is deactivating the app for the foreseeable future.

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rp2011

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I have never understood the appeal of Twitter. I only have an account as a placeholder for my business but I don’t even know how to use it, it is not the most user friendly or feature rich network.
lol im glad I'm not the only one. But I do realize it’s not for me and i do like reading tweets from others though.
 
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and 1989 others

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When I hear of another Twitter update, it reminds me of watching a group of 6 year olds make space machines out of cardboard boxes and toiler rolls. It keeps them happy and quiet, makes no difference to the world, and allows real adults to get on with life without being bothered by the kids.
 
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saudor

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i didnt even knew twitter had a threaded conversation mode that actually worked intuitively. I only ever see the main tweet and a bunch of "comments/replies" but i can never actually see them. not sure what to even click. Only happens accidentally sometimes
 
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Kid Red

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I'm glad they're looking to change it. I still get confused at the order when looking at multiple replies to a single post.
 
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rwalle

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I have never understood the appeal of Twitter. I only have an account as a placeholder for my business but I don’t even know how to use it, it is not the most user friendly or feature rich network.
Whether Twitter is user friendly may be a personal opinion, but I am pretty sure Twitter never intends to be a "feature rich network". The point of Twitter is simple, quick, short messages (140, now 280 characters). Look at how celebrities and politicians, which of course include Donald Trump, use Twitter, you should easily understand its appeal.

Edit: typo
 
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Canyda

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At least, Twitter assumes it was negative user feedback given it was so difficult to follow on Twitter...
 
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iDento

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So Twitter wanted to be more like Reddit? When searching for stuff on inter webs, my default is to avoid Reddit. It just looks awful. How anyone can glean useful information from such a mess is a mystery to me.
Apparently. As a tech enthusiast, nerd and a gamer, I can wholeheartedly say that I despise Reddit’s interface.
 
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Precursor

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Howabout ending Twitter altogether?
Its use case has varied from people mentioning the consistency of their excrements to running a country
 
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beastforum

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Twitter is just a pile of garbage. Facebook is the same. Messenger is the same. Instagram is full of women showing their ass off whilst pretending to be interesting. Social media has a lot to answer for.
 
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JimmyBanks6

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Twitter is just a pile of garbage. Facebook is the same. Messenger is the same. Instagram is full of women showing their ass off whilst pretending to be interesting. Social media has a lot to answer for.
99% of the time it's not even theirs, it's photoshop's ass. Same with the over built men, take a look at the background behind the person, straight lines are usually warped due to excessive photo editing.
 
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