Twitter is apparently experimenting with a new feature that would allow users to share a video clip without linking to or uploading the video – all they have to do is type a hashtag.
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By its own admission Twitter experiments with a new feature at least once each day and while most of these are simply that – experiments – some do go on to become core parts of the system.
The latest experiment doing the rounds is called Significant Engagement, which surfaces “important or higher than usual engagement with your account or Tweets.”
Twitter tries out new features all the time – indeed, back in September the company revealed that it’s “rare for a day to go by when we’re not releasing at least one experiment”. Most of these experiments don’t become parts of the core system, and they’re always tested on a small subset of users.
Right now, one of Twitter’s current experiments is showing how many times your tweet has been viewed by others. Which has pros and cons, both for users and Twitter themselves.
Last month Twitter revealed that it tests a least one “experiment” each day – a small feature that it rolls out to a limited subset of users to basically see what happens. If the feature tests well, more users get to try it out, and so on, until the experiment becomes an actual part of the network for everyone.
One of these experiments was @MagicRecs, a profile that recommends @accounts based on the following habits of people you already follow. @MagicRecs is now a fully-fledged Twitter feature, and following in its heels is @EventParrot, which proposes to help you keep up with what’s happening in the world.