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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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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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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 Planning Bitcoin Payments as Tips on its Platform

Dorsey has also hired Bitcoin developers for his payments company

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Twitter is considering a feature that would allow users to tip one another – in Bitcoins though.

The Information reports that the micro-blogging platform is working on implementing a new payment feature to let people send money to each other.

It is not yet clear whether the Twitter tipping feature would integrate with Jack Dorsey’s other company, Square, which is a financial services, merchant services aggregator, and mobile payment company based in San Francisco.

Dorsey has made absolutely no secret of his love of Bitcoin over the years.

NewsBTC has reported on the Twitter CEO opining that Bitcoin will one day be the currency of the internet and his company Square integrating cryptocurrency payments.

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“Dorsey has been a major investor in the Bitcoin micropayments solution Lightning Network,” said the report.

Dorsey will move to Africa for three-six months this year to “define the future”.

“Sad to be leaving the continent for now. Africa will define the future (especially the bitcoin one!). Not sure where yet, but I’ll be living here for 3-6 months mid-2020. Grateful I was able to experience a small part,” said the Twitter CEO.

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Dorsey has also hired Bitcoin developers for his payments company.

He is an advocate of digital currency bitcoin but he also says it is “not functional as a currency”. (IANS)