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March 13, 2019

Twitter wants to hide how many retweets, likes your tweets receive

The social media company introduced a new prototype app at SXSW on Wednesday

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The Twitter app on a mobile phone.

Twitter grabbed the spotlight Wednesday at SXSW, the annual meeting of tech minds and people who hold themselves in high esteem, with a new prototype version of its app that would change the game entirely.

The new prototype app, called “twttr”, is Twitter, but designed towards making the site a place for healthier conversations, led by CEO Jack Dorsey’s year-long emphasis on what he calls civility.

Twttr’s biggest change is a doozy: the prototype removes the displays of retweet and like counts on individual replies to tweets, according to NBC News.

At least, it removes the numbers at first.

The interactions can still be found with an extra tap on an individual tweet, but as you scroll down the replies to a given tweet, you won’t immediately know whether the tweet you just laughed at has already gone viral, or if it’s gone un-shared.

The company is still accepting applications for its prototype program, it tweeted Wednesday, which means it’s not too late to try and get your hands on these crazy features. This is still a prototype, after all. Twttr’s features might never actually reach the public in a full release – like that time Instagram messed around with horizontal scrolling.

The company is also rolling out a revamped camera feature in its flagship Twitter app:

It looks like 2019 will be a weird, and evolving, time to use the social media service we all love to hate.


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