As Facebook tries to resemble TikTok, Twitter is now giving us a small portion of Facebook back (or LiveJournal or Myspace). Some users claim that Twitter status updates now permit the labeling of postings in the manner of previous MySpace moods. These statuses include “Spoiler alert,” “Shower thoughts,” “Picture of the day,” and, for some reason, the terribly redundant “Current status.”
Users can presently only choose from Twitter’s pre-existing list of status options; they cannot change their status. A feature that allows users to add a status topic from a predetermined list to their Tweets in order to provide their followers with more information is reportedly now being tested, according to Twitter.
As a result, whether you are about to drop a hot Tweet thread, are sharing your thoughts in the shower, or are having a rough Monday, your Tweets can better convey what you are doing.
Twitter wouldn’t say how many people were participating in the test, but it did say that it was being done in Australia and the United States with small sample size.
These statuses, which are unique to that individual tweet only, are shown next to a tweeter’s name along with an accompanying emoji. By clicking on the status badge, you may see the content that other public posters have posted. But at least at the start of the feature’s test, it doesn’t seem that these connected subjects are moderated.
We may or may not have accidentally stumbled into some NSFW material with the status “Case of the Mondays” on our work PC. This is bad! Twitter has introduced way too many new features this year. Some of them, like Twitter Circle, which resembles Instagram’s “close friends” narrative in that it lets you share certain Tweets with a small audience, are actually pretty useful.
It is quite useful if, for example, you want to use Twitter for work and shitpost about your Dungeons & Dragons character to your real friends (is that too specific?). Status updates don’t really have a clear use case, though. Changing your tweet’s status to “A thread” rather than just typing “A thread” and adding the string emoji will save you a few letters, yes.
Consumers don’t initially seem to be overly enthusiastic about it, though. Some users are confused by the fact that Twitter is testing so many features at once even if not all of them have been properly implemented. Downvoting (which made its debut last year), Twitter Circle, and collaborative tweets are all currently under development.
Because Twitter is testing them, as with other social media networks, it’s possible that status updates won’t be available in full. User response is often gauged through these small-scale tests. We sit down now and wait for something to occur.