Twitter will start adding context to trends with pinned tweets

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Every day we come across several trending topics on Twitter that leaves us with more questions than answers. This is because most of us do not really know the genesis of such topics or why they are gaining so much attention. Perhaps, we all need a helping hand—adding context to trends might just be all you need.

Twitter has announced that it will start adding context to trend with pinned tweets. What that means is that the microblogging company will start adding background or explainers to a trend to educate you. The explainers will provide you with a brief background on why a topic is trending. “Descriptions will provide straightforward, clearly sourced context around why something is trending,” Twitter announced in a blog post.

Credit: https://blog.twitter.com/en_us/topics/product/2020/adding-more-context-to-trends.html

This could come in the form of a pinned tweet that will be fixed below the trending topic or a short description. When you tap on the topic, you will be taken to the usual expanded summary of tweets or what was previously known as Moments.

This will be available to users on iOS, Android, and desktop. Users in the following countries will be able to access this new update: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Egypt, France, India, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States.

Twitter has announced that it is replacing “Retweet with comments” with “Quote.” The announcement was accompanied with a GIF showing the “Quote” feature sitting next to the Retweet feature. So, I went straight to my Twitter page to see if the feature was already activated for me, and there it was—right, set go! It is not a big feature/update actually, but let us see how it goes with other users.

Reliable reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong tweeted a screenshot of the change via her twitter page recently. The new Quote feature has now officially replaced the mouthful one that lined up as a part of two options that allows you to retweet without quoting the original tweet or with it.

A couple of months ago, Twitter started rolling out a feature that quotes retweet counts on Android. This is not actually new to all iOS users as they had their turn not quite long before now. Going forward, when you click the retweet stat button on a tweet, it will only show normal retweets, and not the usual quote retweets.

Quotes will now appear in separate column within the stats view where you will be able to see a feed of every quote retweet your tweet has been able to gain. Twitter announced the arrival of the new feature in a tweet, which of course, is also available on the web version.

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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