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Twitter updates twttr prototype app with engagement swipes, conversation tweaks, better Dark mode and more

Twitters new prototyping app twttr, which it created to test and get feedback onnew features and new approaches to old features has been out in the wildfor a month. Now, with Twitter taking in the first wave of responses from users, twttr is getting an update. The move highlights how Twitter continues to chip away at ongoing criticism that it is too confusing for most people to use, which has impacted overall growth for the social media platform.
The latest version of twttr is a decent step ahead in that mission. Updates include: the introduction of a swiping gesture, specifically in conversations to like or reply to a Tweet; new labels in threads indicating who is the original poster and who you follow and improved visibility with dark mode. Ironically even as Twitter has shifted to putting experimental features into twttr the latter app is also getting an import of new features from the main Twitter app, which has been getting updates that had yet to be rolled out to the prototype app. These include new versions of the Twitter camera, dark mode and profile previews that keep you in your timeline.
Note: neither I nor any of my colleagues using twttr seem to have gotten this update yet ourselves. So I will update this post with screenshots when Twitter actually pushes it to one of us on Test Flight
Overall, those who are using twttr say they prefer it to the official Twitter app, says Sara Haider, Twitters head of product. That likely means certain features are sticking enough in the prototype app that they will be making their way into the permanent Twitter experience.But what form that will ultimately take is still in play.
One of the big areas that is still seeing some changes are engagement buttons that is, the options to like a Tweet with a heart, to reply to it, or to retweet.
These are a cornerstone of how Twitter is used, but they are also potentially distracting and add to the noise in an often chaotic experience, since timelines and potentially conversations are more or less constantly on the move.
In the new build of twttr, engagements do not appear by default. Instead, you get to them by way of a swipe to the left or right on a Tweet.


Big @twttr update! Dark mode and a swipe to like gesture. pic.twitter.com/7e2Sq2riW5
John Yarbrough (@jyarbrough) April 11, 2019
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