Twitter launches public beta version of new threaded response interface

First version of the new interface from last August

A few months ago, Twitter revealed that it was testing a redesigned response interface based on threading tweets. As of today, the company has opened a public test of the new interface and invites all users to register.

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Twitter began testing this threaded response interface in August and some users quickly expressed disgust with the new design. For the most part, the threaded response interface adopts a Reddit approach to handling conversations.

Twitter itself claims that the new interface is designed "to better see what people are saying," according to The edge. The replies from the originator of the tweet appear in gray, while the responses of the people you follow are in blue.

In addition, the new response interface hides response statistics. This includes statistics about likes and retweets, which now require the user to press the answer to see.

Here's how Twitter explains its beta testing program:

Twitter is exploring new ways to make conversations that interest you easier to read, understand, and reach. Want to see what we are working on and share your comments? Apply to be part of our Twitter prototype program.

If you want to join the Twitter test program, you can do it through this application. It's hard to know when Twitter plans to release this new design to everyone, but it will probably be sooner than expected if this public beta test goes well.

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