Twitter is releasing a new prototype app today where it will test new designs, layouts, and features to test. The social media giant announced this via a tweet.
The new prototype application will be rolling a specific group of testers, the app was originally announced earlier in a CES conference in January. The main aim of the release of this app was the allow Twitter developers to do some experimental testing while getting feedback from the users(testers) and if the feedback is positive then develop and incorporate that feature in the main app.
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The initial rounds of testing will include a new design for conversation, the prototype will show different format for replies where conversations will have more rounded char-like shape and indentation. Details such as engagements, sharing options other tweet options will be hidden from the user’s review to maintain a simple UI.
However, the most notable change would be that different type of replies will be color-coded to differentiate those from the original poster as well as those Twitter users you personally follow. The purpose of this is to provide a better visual cue to those users who are following lengthier threads. Here’s is a look of the logo of this prototype app:
As time progresses, Twitter will use the prototype app to test and eventually include more features in the main app. However, only a specific set of testers will be allowed to test this prototype app. According to Twitter, only a couple of thousand of English and Japanese speaking users will be invited to test the prototype app via an email invite.
The email invite is expected to come in the next few days. When received the users can follow the link to confirm their participation, once confirmed the person will wait for another email invite from the device’s app beta testing program. The person can then download the app and use it instead of the native Twitter app.