Twitter Experiments with New In-stream Alerts
Twitter is exploring several new features that are intended to make it simpler to understand your different privacy settings and options, as well as to give greater transparency about the impact of such changes inside the tweet process.
This, hopefully, will assist more Twitter users in ensuring that they're using the most appropriate settings for them as they tweet, with in-stream prompts and notifications that will give additional context whenever such adjustments are available.
At this point, the modifications are all in very early testing, so they may never be released, but here's a peek at what's presently being considered.
To begin, Twitter is contemplating new prompts for anytime you attempt to modify your privacy settings in any capacity, which will better describe what that change means for your tweets.
As you can see above, if you have a protected account and want to reply to someone who isn't following you, you'll get a reminder that they won't be able to see your reply until you switch to 'Public,' along with an in-stream prompt to make the change right away.
This might help guarantee that users are more aware of what such changes truly imply in the context of their overall Twitter usage, which could be critical for individuals who have kept their tweets private owing to personal difficulties or worries. If their tweets were to suddenly become public as a result of a reply, they should presumably be aware of this before proceeding.
Twitter is also contemplating a new, more open procedure for switching accounts, which would be incorporated into the tweet composer and would increase transparency.
As seen below, the change would display your avatar, name, handle, and privacy status within the composer window, which may assist users avoid tweeting from the wrong account and possibly publishing a tweet with a public audience that was intended for their private audience.
Notably, Twitter is also exploring variable audience settings for your tweets, which are also configured in the composer and solve some of the same concerns. That method appears to be targeted at reducing the need for numerous accounts, which would minimize the requirement for account switching - but for people in charge of maintaining brand accounts and other presences, both choices would be useful.
Twitter is also contemplating a new in-stream summary of your different privacy settings in order to make users more aware of their choices.
According to Twitter:
"We've found lots of people don't know about all the conversation control and discoverability settings available to them - so how about a check-in that lets you pick among various groups of settings depending on your needs?"
The new alert would bring you through all the various privacy controls and settings, giving users a better knowledge of how they may limit their tweet audience in a variety of ways if they so desired.
Finally, Twitter is attempting to raise awareness about your discoverability settings, particularly in instances where there may be suspicious or undesirable behavior around your profile.
Twitter would inform users as to how their profile is being found, then ask them to modify those settings if they so desired, with simple connections to your privacy settings.
Which is really the main point here - Twitter does have a variety of useful privacy features and choices accessible, but many of them are hidden in the app's settings, making them difficult to locate and comprehend in context.
By introducing additional prompts, Twitter hopes to assist users better understand each segment and where it will be used, which might play an important part in decreasing unpleasant encounters and keeping tweets safe.
This is a fantastic endeavor, and while these are still early concepts, these, together with Twitter's flexible audience settings, appear to be helping more people understand and customize their experience.