Twitter tests status updates and other features to improve 'conversational health'

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Twitter wants to completely redesign the way conversations look on its platform.

During an event at CES on Wednesday, the company detailed new features that could drastically change the way people share and talk to one another on its platform.

The updates include a new design for threads, meant to make it easier to follow conversations as they unfold, as well as completely new features like statuses and presence indicators that could indicate when someone is online or when someone is typing.

Twitter will start to publicly test these experimental features "in the coming weeks," when it launches a beta program for people who want to participate in the tests. It's a relatively new approach for Twitter to experiment so openly, but the company says all the features are geared toward its bigger goal of improving "conversational health" on the platform. Read more...

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