New Conversation View Comes to Twitter Feed

Twitter conversation viewTwitter has made a long awaited update to their feed – a new conversation view. This allows users to more easily follow conversations both by grouping them together in the feed and displaying them in chronological order. This new view comes with both good and bad qualities, enabling users to follow conversations while also repeatedly pushing tweets forward as the conversation continues. As both Twitter and Facebook continue making changes and updates to their feeds, it is interesting to see how the two most popular social networks are drawing from one another.

Conversation Timelines

The new conversation view is similar to a nested comment format, with the ability to expand and collapse conversations. In your feed, as many as three replies will be shown automatically, and these will only be from users that you already follow. When you expand the conversation, all replies will be shown, even from users that you are not currently following. The replies in each conversation are connected in a timeline format by a blue line, and they display chronologically rather than reverse chronologically like the rest of the feed.

Pros & Cons

For users, this new conversation view is intended to create a more humanized feel on Twitter. While this does make it easier to read conversations, some may complain about the fact that entire conversations are automatically bumped up to the top of your feed as they continue. A potential pro to the conversation feed is that it adds a more social element to your feed – you can find new users to follow through these conversations. Furthermore, the new view also comes with an updated way to share conversations. Twitter users can take an entire conversation and share it via email on any platform as well as through direct message (currently only on Android).

Similarities to Facebook

Recently, I also discussed new updates coming to the Facebook feed. Facebook has considered tailoring their feed to be more like Twitter, with greater attention to chronology rather than top stories. With this update, Twitter’s feed has become more similar to that of Facebook, which already displays comments from all users on posts in your News Feed. As the two most popular social networks, it is interesting to see what changes they choose to make to how we view and share information on our feeds.

What changes would you like to see to the Twitter and Facebook feeds? Which type of feed do you prefer?

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Elizabeth K

Elizabeth Kent is a recent graduate with an M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from Brandeis University. She earned her B.A. from Smith College with a major in the Study of Women and Gender and a minor in Jewish Studies. Elizabeth recently relocated from the Boston area back to Western Massachusetts, where she spends her free time volunteering with a local non-profit organization. Elizabeth has worked as a writing tutor, archival intern, research assistant, and retail associate. Her interests include studying pop culture, kittens, and making meals with as little cooking as possible.

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