Twitter is reportedly developing a new profile page feature that is both handy and indiscreet.
The new Twitter feature may be able to distinguish lurking from superusers
The functionality is shown in the screenshot as Wong’s profile page, with the statement “Tweets daily.” In a tweet announcing the feature, Wong pointed out that it could also indicate if someone tweets weekly, occasionally, monthly, or never.
Another in-progress feature on Twitter is a small piece of text found directly beneath the Tweets tab on a user’s profile page. However, this language reveals something you may not want people to know: how frequently you tweet.
While we can see the feature’s usefulness — it could be helpful for users to know how often an account tweets before deciding to follow it — we also can’t help but feel that it’s unnecessary and a bit embarrassing for users to have their Twitter activity put on blast like that. Daily tweeters may not appreciate having their “Twitter addiction,” as Wong puts it, put on display like that.
So, while it is a useful yet blabby feature, here’s hoping that if Twitter does decide to go through with making it available to everyone, that it also lets people opt out of it too.
If you’re in that camp, you might like to tweet constantly without being labeled as a social media chatterbox, while others would like to lurk and not tweet in peace without being given a label that basically says their account is a sad, little tweet desert.
Other new features Twitter is working on include new ways of handling replies and a long-form blogging feature.
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