Twitter is planning, and is in fact already testing a new update that will enable you check a user’s profile without exiting your timeline. This will come in form of a mini profile of a user that will pop up—a move that will make it easier to read threads.
In a tweet on Wednesday, Twitter said: “We’re testing an easier way to check out profiles on iOS without leaving your timeline! Simply tap any @ handle in a Tweet, take a peek, follow, and get right back to it. Let us know what you think!”
The usual thing is for a user to exit the timeline if he wants to view the profile of another user; but this will soon change going by the tweet. With the upcoming feature, which is only limited to iOS for now, a preview of the user’s profile will be floated on your mobile. This is to enable you see the full bio of the user, follower counts, and when he joined Twitter. You will also have an option to go to the full profile, including the standard share options that you normally see by tapping the share button on a tweet.
The feature is currently only being tested on iOS, but will soon be available on Android as well.
A fortnight ago, Dorsey hinted on the possibility of introducing editable tweets. The Twitter CEO said this in a wide-range interview with Joe Rogan, which could well give us a clue into what the microblogging company could be on to next.
Per 9to5mac, Rogan suggested to Dorsey that Twitter add support for an edit button where users could edit their tweet, though the original version of that tweet would still be viewable by people. The response he got showed that Twitter was already thinking along that line.
Dorsey suggesting a 5-second to 30-second window for allowing tweet editing. It does give us a clue into what the microblogging company might be thinking of, but details remain unclear. “You could build it as such so maybe we introduce a 5-second to 30-second delay in the sending. And within that window, you can edit. The issue with going longer than that is it takes that real-time nature of the conversational flow out of it.”
In his exact words per 9to5mac, Dorsey said: “We’re looking at exactly that. The reason we don’t have edit in the first place is we were built on SMS, we were built on text messaging. Once you send a text, you can’t take it back. So when you send a tweet it goes to the world instantaneously. You can’t take it back.”
It is a great idea should the idea be allowed to see the light of the day. That said, I would suggest we do not get our hopes too high as things could take a long time to materialize.