Until recently, Twitter has been a playground dominated by mostly the tech crowd. Compared to Facebook, very few people use Twitter actively, which makes those of us who are “in” forget that Twitter may not be entirely intuitive to use. While we fly through our day with @replies and DMs, communicating amongst private lists and navigating between third party clients, there are many people still stuck at the basics of tweeting — like simply how to @reply using Twitter.com (let’s not even get into using an app like HootSuite). To help make Twitter easier to use, it looks like Twitter is testing a new feature that makes it more intuitive to reply to other users’ tweets.
This is according to Mashable. A small percentage of Twitter users are now testing a feature that prompts users to @replies, or @mentions, to users directly from the users’ profile pages. Instead of hovering over a tweet to reveal the options to favorite, reply, and retweet, Twitter users may in the future simply just have to type their reply into an input field that’s below the profile information of the other user.
Mashable called this new feature similar to a Facebook message wall, but the difference is that the @reply won’t be featured on the other user’s Twitter stream. It doesn’t appear Twitter will act any differently than it does now, where your @reply tweets actually get featured in your own Twitter stream. The problem is for many new Twitter users, for whom which this new feature is probably designed for, won’t understand this. Hopefully the test of this new feature will either reveal this problem, or surprise us with a nice solution right from the start.
Let us know if you’re one of the lucky testers of this new Twitter feature, and if you love it or would rather leave it.