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Micro-blogging App Twitter Testing Prototype App ‘Twttr’ with New Features

Those who are chosen for the programme have been asked to use "twttr" as their primary Twitter app

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In order to test improved conversation features on its platform, microblogging app Twitter has launched prototype app “twttr” where users can join and test it.

The idea of the prototype app was first announced in February.

“Our prototype app, ‘twttr’, launches to the first group of participants today. #LetsHaveAConvo about new features to build a better Twitter together,” Twitter Support tweeted on Monday, inviting users to help them review test features.

The social media giant has been exploring the idea of adding colour to replies — a user who posts the initial tweet would see their responses in grey while replies from followers would be in blue.

To make conversations appear chat-like, Twitter has also been considering a new round design for replies, CNET reported.

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However, not all test features are expected to make their way to the final product.

The “twttr” app is presently only available for iOS users to try and review. It remains unclear by when would the prototype app reach Android and web users.

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“Twitter says most participants in the prototype program will be English or Japanese speakers,” CNET added.

Those who are chosen for the programme have been asked to use “twttr” as their primary Twitter app. (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)