Apparently, a few more metrics on our tweets are exactly what our lives lack during a global pandemic. Or at least that’s what Twitter thinks.
As reported by the Verge, Twitter is testing a new feature that would show users the amount of “Retweets with comments.”“On every tweet. Oddly, however, this metric, which Twitter calls “Quotes”, is already available to users. All you have to do is click “Retweets and comments ” section under tweets, which sends you to a practical list that allows you to easily see how many retweets and retweets with comments a tweet has.
So what’s different about this new thing Twitter is testing? Basically just shows you how many quotes has a tweet next to the file like and retweet on the tweet itself instead of having you click to see it.
A Twitter spokesperson confirmed the new feature at thand Verge and said that the purpose of this new test was to see if this new feature facilitated retweets with comments to find and understand.
“A few months ago, we retweeted with comments more visible when you tap to see the Retweets on a Tweet, “the Twitter spokesperson said.” This is available to everyone. Now we are trying to make Retweets with comments accessible directly on the Tweet and a new language (Citations) to see if that makes it easier to access and more understandable. “
The Retweet button is one of the most powerful on Twitter features criticized. Some say that’s why the platform sometimes (I’m nice here) looks like a swamp of anger, misinformation, and bullying. Because? Because it’s quick and easy for people to spread things they don’t read and spread hate or radical comments.
Last year, the developer who created the Twitter retweet button said he regretted doing it, saying it was the equivalent of “hand[ing] a 4-year-old a loaded weapon “, for Buzzfeed News.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey acknowledged that he is also reviewing the retweet button. He told Buzzfeed that retweeting with a comment “might encourage more consideration before spreading.”
In recent months, Twitter has rolled out a number of features to try and promote more of them informed conversations, including trying to encourage people to do so actually read the things they retweet asking if they want to open the article before sharing it and adding fact-checking links to certain tweets, like President Donald Trump-that spreading blatantly false information.
Personally, I don’t know if simply adding another number under certain tweets will help stop the spread of hate and misinformation. It’s not that Twitter prevents people from actually spreading such dangerous information. But who knows, maybe the Twitter test will prove me wrong.