Twitter is testing a new conversation tree feature

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Twitter is one of the first places that comes to mind when you are looking to get breaking news. However, following conversations on the microblogging platform is not much of a fun for a lot of people. That, according to Jane Manchun Wong; a respectable reverse engineer is about to change for the better. In a tweet on Tuesday, the reliable tipster said Twitter is working on “Conversation Tree” that comes “with the ability to focus a specific tweet, even from a permalink.”

Conversation tree, which is now being tested on the main Twitter website and will be rolled out in 2020, will make following conversation on the platform easier. You will also be able to click on any tweet to focus on it.

Some users liken the conversation tree feature to what is currently obtainable on Reddit; and I think I agree with that view. Twitter, however, has confirmed per TechCrunch that the feature is actually being tested, and will be available from 2020.

In other news, the microblogging platform has changed its security settings to let you use two-factor authentication also known as 2FA without making your phone number available to the service. Use of authentication apps have become increasingly popular, which renders the use of phone numbers less relevant.

Authentication apps are more secure and give users some measure of reassurance when using the Twitter service. As a matter of fact, unlike your phone number that exposes some measure of personal information, authentication apps are more secure and private.

Deleting your number from Twitter only takes a couple of steps. Simply go to settings in the app or on Twitter’s website, and click into the “Account” menu. Tap your phone number, and then select the delete option. It is however, important to note that deleting your phone number without setting up an alternative 2FA method will turn it off. So, be sure to set up an authentication app before deleting your number.

In more recent Twitter news, the microblogging platform has suspended plans to remove inactive accounts. This followed widespread criticism from users. The company announced the decision on Wednesday—admitting that it had goofed due to the fact that it failed to take into account what would happen to accounts whose owners has passed away.

The company said the decision only affects accounts in the European Union only. The company did not include this in an earlier announcement, but has now cleared the air on that. The microblogging company said it would stay action until it is able to determine what becomes of accounts of deceased persons.

Twitter for now will not be getting rid of those dormant accounts; at least not until it is able to come up with satisfactory decision or action on deceased accounts.


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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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