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Twitter adds Android abuse button and conversation tracking

Incremental refinement at work
Thu Aug 29 2013, 15:03

MICROBLOGGING SERVICE Twitter has added some refinements, including the ability for users to more easily report abuse and spam, as well conversation tracking features.

Twitter posted an announcement on its blog, saying, "Today we’re updating our iPhone and Android apps, as well as, to make it easier to discover and follow conversations in your home timeline. [...] To date, such exchanges haven’t always been easy to follow. With this in mind, we’ve now made it easier for you to see conversations as they’re taking place."

It demonstrated how conversations will work on Twitter in a short video clip, which is below, accompanied by an infuriatingly perky audio track. If you watch the video, we recommend that you turn down the sound level.

It continued, "As you can see, Tweets that are part of a conversation are shown in chronological order so it’s easier for you to follow along. You’ll see up to three Tweets in sequence in your home timeline; if you want to see more, you can tap a Tweet to see all the replies, including those from people you don’t follow."

Twitter said that it started rolling out these conversation tracking enhancements to all users today.

It announced the advent of easier abuse and spam reporting almost as an afterthought, saying, "Additionally, you can now report individual tweets for abuse or spam directly from Twitter for Android and"

That will be available after it's rolled out, apparently. Twitter said it will roll out the feature "gradually", so we don't know when it will appear in Twitter apps. Apparently it's already available at, and the firm said it's already available on Twitter for iPhone. µ


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