Twitter is testing Facebook-like status feature

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Microblogging site Twitter has confirmed that it is testing a new “Status” feature that allows users to add a status topic from a predefined list to their Tweets.

Twitter’s new status feature is very similar to Facebook’s older status feature that allowed users to create a post by adding pre-written labels and text of their choice to give additional context to their posts.

Some Twitter statuses include “Shower Thoughts,” “Picture of the Day,” “AMA,” “Vacation Mode,” “Spoiler Alert,” “Hot Take,” “Travel,” “Unpopular Opinion,” and more. also accompanied by emojis. Currently, users cannot change their status and must choose from Twitter’s existing list.

Currently, the company is only testing the new Status feature for a select group in the United States and Australia. However, the size of the test group has not been confirmed.

“For a limited time, we’re testing a feature that allows you to add a status topic from a predefined list to your Tweets to provide more context to your followers,” Twitter told TechCrunch.

“So whether you’re about to drop a hot Tweet thread, share your shower thoughts, or have a bad case of Mondays, your Tweets can better convey what you’re up to.”

Some Twitter users started reporting that they could now post Twitter statuses with one user posting screenshots showing what it looks like. One of the screenshots shows that the users are greeted with a popup when they try to add a status, which reads:

New: set a status

Whether you’re on vacation or just watching TV, tell everyone what you’re up to by setting a status when you tweet.

The status, along with an accompanying emoji, appears below the Twitter user’s name and can be applied to just one tweet. They also cannot be edited. Clicking on the predefined status will allegedly bring up a list of other public tweets with the same status or phrase, similar to the tweets using the same hashtags on the platform and Instagram.

The new ‘Status’ feature can help users save characters while composing a tweet. It’s not clear when the feature will be widely rolled out to all Twitter users.

In addition to ‘Status’, Twitter is also working on other features such as the downvote button, CoTweet, and Twitter Circles.

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