Twitter’s new Status feature is a throwback.
Statuses were ubiquitous. AIM users could set a status message next to their screen names; and Myspace was largely status updates when the “s” was capitalised. Now “status” is like those services.
Twitter is considering bringing back statuses.
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In addition, “We are always exploring more ways for people to join the conversation and expression is key to that,” a Twitter spokeswoman adds. “We’re testing a feature that lets you add a preset status topic to your Tweets to give your followers more context. Whether you’re going to unleash a hot Tweet thread; sharing shower thoughts; or having a rough Monday; your Tweets can say more”.
However, The feature is being tested on iOS, Android; and the web with a restricted group in the US and Australia. Web visitors can only view other tweets’ Status, not their own.
Statuses are odd. “Hot take,” “Unpopular opinion,” and “Traveling” sound like they’re meant to help Twitter users filter out unpleasant comments .
On the Other hand, Others, including “Case of the Mondays,” “Vacation Mode,” and “Working hard; hardly working” belong for a corporate messaging platform. Most remaining alternatives involve categorising tweets.
Twitter’s Status support article emphasises classification. Twitter claims, “You’ll be able to see Tweets associated with the Status after selecting it,” “You can also send a Tweet with the same Status”. They’re glorified hashtags.