Twitter testing status updates with a limited group of users

Twitter is currently testing a new status feature that allows users to tag posts with statuses from the platform’s predefined list. Though the feature is new for Twitter, it has been around for years on Facebook and if we think back further than that, MySpace moods were a similar concept.

Twitter status updates

Facebook-like status feature could come to Twitter

Though Facebook users have moved away from adding ‘Feelings’ and ‘Activities’ to their statuses, they can still be found on the platform. Users can select moods or activities from a pre-defined list. The list includes [feeling] happy, blessed, in love, festive, grateful, and more. The activities include reading, playing, attending, etc.

With Twitter testing statuses for its platform, it seems like social media platforms are going full circle. Some of Twitter’s offered statuses include “Spoiler alert,” “Shower thoughts,” “Picture of the day” and “Current status.” In a statement to TechCrunch, the company confirmed that it is testing the feature with a limited number of users in the United States and Australia after some users discovered the ability.

“For a limited time, we are testing a feature that allows you to add a status topic from a predetermined list to your Tweets to provide more context for your followers,” a Twitter spokesperson said. “So whether you are about to drop a hot Tweet thread, share your shower thoughts, or have a bad case of the Mondays, your Tweets can better convey what you are up to.”

These statuses, along with an accompanying emoji, appear underneath a user’s tweet. If you click on the indicator, you can see other public tweets shared under the same mood. Note that statuses cannot be edited once the tweet has been posted.

Twitter has not confirmed how many users can access the feature. In addition, we do not know if the feature will be released to the general public. Other new features the company is currently testing include Collab tweets, Twitter Circle, and downvoting.

As for features it has released, the company recently launched “Unmentioning” for all users on all devices. Unmentioning, which was initially introduced in April to a small group of users, allows users to remove themselves from conversations they do not want to be a part of or be notified about.

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Asma is an editor at iThinkDifferent with a strong focus on social media, Apple news, streaming services, guides, mobile gaming, app reviews, and more. When not blogging, Asma loves to play with her cat, draw, and binge on Netflix shows.

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