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Micro-blogging Site Twitter Testing Profile Preview Feature on Android, iOS

The micro-blogging site is also working on a feature that would trace the origins of long tweet-threads

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The logo for Twitter is displayed above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. vOA

In an attempt to address the problem of following threaded conversations on its app, micro-blogging site Twitter is reportedly testing an overlay of profile preview that would enable users to see information of any person replying to their tweet-threads.

Typically, Twitter does not automatically organise conversations in ways easy to dissect, hence, tweet threads become difficult to follow and users tend to get lost in confusion.

This feature, which would work within the threads as well as outside on the main feed, would show information of the replier including their Twitter bio, follower counts, and when they joined the service, The Verge reported on Wednesday.

Users would also get options to jump to the full profile of the other users along with the standard share options – specifically tailored for the user’s profile.

Twitter says the feature should be arriving for Android users soon, the report said.

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Twitter on a smartphone device. Pixabay

The company also tweeted about testing the feature on iOS that would allow users to check out other people’s profiles without having to leave their timelines.

“A feature like a profile preview is a good way to help users stay focused on one particular conversation and glean important information about who’s participating without having to jump around incessantly,” the report added.

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In a recent interview, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey happened to mention that Twitter is working out ways to restrict mental and physical threats to its users that are triggered during or due to digital conversation on its platform.

The micro-blogging site is also working on a feature that would trace the origins of long tweet-threads. (IANS)

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Twitter Users Want Chandrayaan-2 to Take National Flag to Lunar Surface

Planetary protection refers to the practice of protecting solar system bodies from contamination by Earth life

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India has 447 billion cubic metres of replenishable groundwater reserves, of which 60-70 per cent goes off in irrigation. Pixabay

As India’s heavy lift rocket nicknamed ‘Bahubali’ and its passenger Chandrayaan-2 gear up for their historic flight to the Moon on July 15, Twitter users shared what they would like to take to the lunar surface, with most of them mentioning the national flag.

However, Twitter users also shared many interesting ideas. Gautam Singh, for example, talked about taking a geographical map of India.

“So if an Intelligent ET will find it They can find where do we belong, A Flag will be useless for them,” tweeted Singh.

Some users even suggested that Indian soil should be transported to the Moon, while others pointed out to the planetary protection norms aimed to preserve our ability to study other worlds as they exist in their natural states.

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Twitter users shared what they would like to take to the lunar surface, with most of them mentioning the national flag. Pixabay

Planetary protection refers to the practice of protecting solar system bodies from contamination by Earth life.

“We can sanitize everything before taking it there. Just like it is done today and was done for the flags,” said one user.

“Yep. Very much. Indian soil in the moon. Such a nice headline,” the user added.

The question “what you would take to the Moon” was originally posed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

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ISRO said that it received interesting answers from people around the country, while sharing some of the the wish lists.

Chandrayaan-2 will attempt to soft land the lander, Vikram, and rover, Pragyan, in a high plain between two craters, Manzinus C and Simpelius N, at a latitude of about 70 degree south.

The Indian spacecraft and rover would land near the lunar south pole by September 6 or 7.

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Twitter users also shared many interesting ideas. Pixabay

The 3.8 tonne complex mission will have an orbiter with 8 scientific experiments, a lander with three experiments, a rover with two experiments and one passive experiment from the US space agency NASA.

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The ambitious mission will make India the fourth nation after the then Soviet Union (Russia), the US and China to land and ride on the moon to conduct various experiments on its orbit, surface, atmosphere and beneath. (IANS)