Twitter testing Original Tweeter tag to distinguish who started a thread

Twitter is testing a new tag that will make it easier to parse who started a thread. The new feature, which is starting to pop up for some users, makes it easier to find posts from the original tweeter within a thread, but may also help curb (some types of) abuse on the platform, making it easier to distinguish accounts that are masquerading as other tweeters, for instance.
Twitter testing Original Tweeter tag to distinguish who started a thread

Twitter confirmed the experiment to TechCrunch, noting that the tag has been rolled out to a small percentage of iOS and Android users across markets.
Twitters purpose is to serve the public conversation. As part of this work, were exploring adding more context to discussions by highlighting relevant replies like those from the original Tweeter, TwittersDirector of Product ManagementSara Haider told TechCrunch in a statement.
In practice, this will probably be most helpful for situations like distinguishing Elon Musk from the Ethereum-hocking false copies popping up below him, ensuring that users dont have to read every character of a users handle before they can tell if its trusted information.
This solution obviously only helps users distinguish the owner of the thread they are viewing, but its a worthwhile start. As the company verifies more accounts but still allows users to easily change their names or profile pictures, this could avert some imitation issues.
One wonders if they could have more easily distinguished the Original Tweeter in a more pretty way than by spelling out Original Tweeter beneath their handle, but its a small rollout and I guess it leaves very little room for interpretation, so whatever.
Twitter testing Original Tweeter tag to distinguish who started a thread

Its certainly a small change, but it all plays back into Twitters more drastic (beta) plans to introduce changes like color-coded replies that give users more prominent interface cues to gather insights about the threads that theyre surfing through.
The same beta app also introduces features like algorithmically sorted replies and a generally more toned-down UI.

"Original Tweeter, " huh? I guess that's how they'll fix this thing.
Frederic Lardinois (@fredericl) January 24, 2019
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