Twitter's Launched an Updated Tweet Compose Option on iOS
See if you can guess how this story goes - this week, Twitter has launched a new update for iOS which moves the tweet compose option to a new, more prominent, area of the screen, where it also 'floats' as you scroll for easy access.
Hold down on the composer tab and it'll bring up options for your drafts, photos and GIFs.
Seems okay, maybe helpful, and it could well encourage more tweet engagement.
So how do you think it's been received by Twitter users?
If you guessed 'not very well', full points.
As with every Twitter update, the criticism has come thick and fast - but now Twitter does have a solid response. Many users voiced their outright anger about the doubling of the tweet character count, but a year later, Twitter's data shows that it's been a success.
So maybe Twitter knows better, maybe users should trust in the research and experimentation that's gone into rolling out such updates.
But then again, Moments hasn't done too well. And Vine died out. Those were additions, though, they weren't changes to the core tweet process - the switch from stars to hearts for favorites is probably a better comparison, and that seems to have gone okay. And the introduction of an algorithm - maybe Twitter's most criticized move - has also helped to improve engagement.
This is a far smaller change than that, but it's still significant in so far as it changes the layout that people are used to.
But it does make sense. As Twitter notes:
"Easier than ever to use, the floating icon is prominently displayed and perfect for one-handed scrolling and Tweet composing. Pro tip: Press and hold the icon to access your drafts, photos, and the GIF gallery."
That'll come in handy, people will no doubt get used to it, and will use it as intended. But its a change, and Twitter users, in particular, seem to hate change.
Either way, the new tweet compose option is coming to your iOS device sometime soon.
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