Twitter has shared concepts for four features that could give users more control over who can see, read and find their accounts, and wants public feedback on what it has shown. The first of these features would make it easier for those with protected accounts to make their tweets publicly visible in cases where they want to respond to those who don’t follow. “If you have a protected account and you reply to someone who doesn’t follow you, you may not know they can’t see your reply,” Lena Emara, Twitter experience designer. written in thread. So, one idea is to include a query that reminds people of that fact, as well as give them the ability to easily transfer their tweets to the public.
Another potential feature would help those who have multiple accounts. The layout shared by Emara shows an interface element that would allow you to switch to another account directly from Twitter’s main composition window. Moreover, the new interface would allow you to see the name, handling and privacy status of your accounts in one place.
The other two concepts that Emara focused more on privacy. One of those details is a feature that would occasionally tap the user base to see if they’re happy with the current discovery and chat setting, and make it easier to customize them as needed without visiting the app’s settings menu. Eventually, others would create a notification system when people ask for your username and give you more control over whether your account can be discovered that way. This is something that could be important in limiting online harassment.
Like the last time on Twitter showed several conceptual features, everything you see above “are just ideas and are not being built (yet?).” It may never mature in the characteristics that the company delivers. This would mean that the feedback that Twitter collects can inform other tools that the company is building in the future.
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