Apparently, a few other metrics in our tweets are exactly what are missing from our lives during a global pandemic. Or so Twitter thinks.
As reported by Verge, Twitter is testing a new feature that will show users the quantities of “Retweets with comments“In every tweet. Studyfully, this metric, which Twitter is calling “Quota”, is already available to users. All you have to do is click on “Retweets and comments » section below tweets, which sends you to a help list that lets you easily see how many retweets and retweets with a comment has a tweet.
So what’s different about this new thing Twitter is testing? Basically just tells you how many quotes a tweet has beside likes and retells in tweet instead of clicking to see it.
A Twitter spokesperson confirmed the new feature for himand Verge and said The purpose of this new test was to see if this new feature retweeted them with the lightest comments to find and understand.
“A few months ago, we made Retweets with Comments most obvious when you tap to see Retweets in a Tweet “, said the Twitter spokesperson. “This is available to everyone. Now, we’re testing Retweets with Comments accessible directly on Tweet and new language (Quotes) to see if it makes them easier to use and more understandable. “
The retweet button is one of the most Twitter criticized traits. Some say that’s why the platform sometimes (I’m doing well here) resembles a swamp of anger, misinformation and harassment. Why? Because it is easy and fast for people to spread things they do not read and spread hatred or radical comments.
Last year, the developer who created the Twitter retweet button said he regretted it, saying it was the equivalent of “hand”[ing] a 4-year-old a loaded gun, “per News without a doubt.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has admitted he is also reviewing the retweet button. He told Buzzfeed that retweeting with the comment “could encourage more consideration before spreading.”
In recent months, Twitter has launched a series of features in an effort to promote more informed conversations, including trying to encourage people to actually read things they retweet by asking if they want to open the article before distributing it and adding fact-checking links to certain tweets – like President Donald TrumpThats spread false information.
Personally, I do not know if simply adding another number under certain tweets will help stop the spread of hatred and misinformation. It’s not like Twitter is stopping people from actually spreading said dangerous information. But who knows, maybe the Twitter test will prove me wrong.