Twitter announces new tools for better user control on tweet quality and notifications
Twitter has started rolling out an update to its iOS app. This update is touted to provide users with more control over their profile. It involves personalising timeline and selecting the users they wish to interact. The update info was published on Twitter’s official blog. It brings considerable changes to notification settings along with a new quality filter setting. This new update offers better control to the general Twitter users. By general users, we mean normal users like us who don’t have a verified profile, unlike the celebrities.
Primarily, the new notifications settings enable users to restrict notifications to select people. Like the ones they follow on Twitter’s mobile and desktop website. By tweaking these settings, you would see interaction from the profiles you follow back. Thankfully, this will declutter the notifications tab. A significant relief for the users who get a lot of notifications. Also, with this new update, the notifications settings menu has become more accessible. The website is also adding a smart link to the page, which takes users directly to the notifications tab.
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Interestingly, Twitter is adding a new feature – quality filter setting. Select users have been using the quality filter settings for a while, but it will now be available for all the users. On its blog, Twitter explains that the quality filter setting is dedicated to improving the quality of tweets. When turned on, the quality filter would enhance the tweet quality by factors like account origin and operation. It would clear the low-quality content from notifications and other tabs. Besides, the social media website also says that the quality control setting would spare the accounts you follow back or have recently interacted.
On its blog post, Twitter says,”Last year we began testing a quality filter setting and we’re now rolling out a feature for everyone. When turned on, the filter can improve the quality of Tweets you see by using a variety of signals, such as account origin and behavior. Turning it on filters lower-quality content, like duplicate Tweets or content that appears to be automated, from your notifications and other parts of your experience. It does not filter content from people you follow or accounts you’ve recently interacted with – and depending on your preferences, you can turn it on or off in your notifications settings.”
The quality control filter separates the lower-quality content such as duplicate Tweets or automated content. The low-quality will not appear under your notifications other parts categories on Twitter. With the new filter, Twitter expects to improve the user experience. The filter can be turned on and off as per users’ whims and fancies. You just have to head to your Twitter’s notification settings menu and disable the filter.
For all those who hate changes, Twitter says that these new features are purely opt-in. If you don’t want to tweak your account, you’ve just got to ignore these new features, and your user account would stay unaffected. It also revealed that with the changing times, there are plans to improve these features further and does giving a better control to users.
Twitter for iOS is up for a free download on the App Store.