You may be rolling your eyes more than usual when you hear the word ‘Twitter’, but this isn’t another Elon Musk story. That doesn’t mean you won’t roll your eyes, it’s still a Twitter story. The Blue Bird app is currently testing out a new ‘Status’ feature, debuting first in the US and Australia for a select few users.
Statuses are a selection of pre-written labels that tweeters can assign to a tweet to offer a little more information. There are ‘A Thread’, ‘AMA’ and ‘Spoiler alert’ labels, to choose from. The point here is to save tweeters valuable characters by adding a label that would usually be typed out.
“Hot take” – Statuses are useless
I don’t know how twitter managed to release a more embarrassing and unusable feature than cotweets in the same month but here it is. these are all the statuses you can use. no custom statuses allowed pic.twitter.com/2BPwku1qi1
— Takes Of Vesperia (@coolranchzaku) July 27, 2022
Above, you can find the full list of available statuses for the unlucky few trying the feature out.
“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,” said a spokesperson for Twitter. “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.”
Yes, a Twitter spokesperson actually typed the words “drop a hot Tweet thread”, we couldn’t believe it either.
One of the biggest downfalls with statuses is the fact that they’re non-customizable. That was a conscious decision from Twitter. People might be more open to the idea if they were able to make their own statuses. Most of the status labels are useless, particularly ‘A Thread’. When a thread is created, a ‘Show this thread’ button automatically appears underneath it.
Currently, there’s no announced date for the feature to roll out globally. And that’s if the feature ever reaches the rest of the world. Twitter might take the criticism and shelve the whole idea. Maybe that wouldn’t be a bad thing
Source: The Verge