Twitter is testing a new way to follow accounts on its platform. According to Twitter, “you may see a suggestion to follow a group of relevant accounts on the profile page of someone you follow.”
The new “Suggested Follows” feature is being tested by a handful of Android users, with no news on how soon this will become available to all. Suggested Follows will pop up a list of other accounts you may wish to follow on the profile page of someone you recently followed.
The test will seek to change how following accounts currently work on mobile. At the moment, when you tap on “Follow” on a user’s profile page, you will be presented with a small list of accounts that you may wish to follow.
For users who want to gain a large number of followers, Twitter’s new Suggested Follows if it does make it to a global launch, could be the perfect match. The test groups a large number of suggestions that you can follow with a single tap. Interestingly, you can also remove those accounts you may not wish to follow after first adding the full group.
Currently there is no word from Twitter whether or not this feature will be available for iOS even if it is just a test.
Last week, Twitter announced that it is working on a new experimental tool to help in the fight against fake news. Birdwatch is the latest in the company’s attempt at ridding its platform of misinformation. The social media giant will hope this tool works; though, it acknowledges the fact that more still needs to be done.
“We’re exploring a number of ways to address misinformation and provide more context for tweets on Twitter,” a Twitter spokesperson told TechCrunch. “Misinformation is a critical issue and we will be testing many different ways to address it,” they added.
Birdwatch, according to social media commentator Matt Navarra, allows you to attach notes to a tweet. These notes can be viewed when you click on the binoculars button on the tweet itself. What this means in essence, is that additional context about the statements made in your tweet would be open to the public.
Reliable tipster Jane Manchun Wong who had earlier tweeted about the feature in the summer, posted more updates about Birdwatch last week. Jane’s latest screenshot provided more description of what the tool is all about.
Hopefully we will get to see some of these features being tested by Twitter pretty soon. Until then, I guess we’ll just have to wait until they become available