Twitter is working on new features to offer better control over tweets

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Desk Reporter
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US-based microblogging platform Twitter is reportedly working on a few ideas that would give users more control over who can view their tweets.

A company designer has shared an idea in which the microblogging website may enable the users to share a particular tweet to a certain group of “Trusted Friends.” This is similar to Instagram’s “Close Friends” function, which allows users to share Stories with a select set of friends.

Another early concept that the social media platform is working upon is Facets that will enable users’ tweet from distinct accounts from within a single account. As per a tweet by a designer at Twitter, the microblogging platform is “exploring a bunch of ways to control who can see your Tweets”. The spokesperson shared two ideas while highlighting that the company is “not building these yet.”

The first one is having a group of “Trusted Friends” who will qualify to be a group that a user wants to see particular tweets. This feature may allow that user to see the tweets of trusted friends first. This will virtually eliminate the difficulty of switching tweets from the public to protected and juggling between them if the user has multiple handles.

The second concept is for persons who have numerous handles, such as one for personal usage and one for professional use. As per the spokesperson, “A feature — that may be called Facets — will let a user tweet from multiple handles from one account, instead of switching between multiple accounts and post the same tweet.” The followers may also have an option to follow “the whole account or just Facets they’re interested in.”

Furthermore, there is a feature called Reply Language Prompts that is reportedly under consideration. According to the media reports, this functionality will allow Twitter users to select phrases and/or words that they do not want respondents to include in their tweets.

For example, if someone types a swear word in a reply to your tweet, he or she will be greeted with a prompt asking him or her to reconsider the language used in the reply. The words and phrases chosen by the user will be highlighted in the prompt.

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