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Twitter appears to be testing a new feature that would make it easier for a user to identify the original tweeter of a post. This new Twitter feature will help users figure out who started a particular thread or if the person replying to one of their tweets is the person who actually started the thread or not.
A tag for the original tweeter
Twitter’s new feature is live for some Android and iOS users. It tags the person who started the thread as the “original tweeter.” In a statement to TechCrunch, Twitter confirmed it was rolling out the experiment to a “small percentage” of users.
Twitter now marks the “Original Tweeter” in a thread for people who can’t follow Twitter conversations lol
I’m the OG baybay! 😂👍👍 pic.twitter.com/a2d3v7g9Gc
— The Hunter 🎮 (@NextGenPlayer) January 24, 2019
“Twitter’s purpose is to serve the public conversation. As part of this work, we’re exploring adding more context to discussions by highlighting relevant replies – like those from the original Tweeter,” the micro-blogging firm said.
With this feature, the micro-blogging firm hopes to limit the practice of falsely pretending to be the person who started a thread. It could also help Twitter prevent some types of abuse on its platform. A scam involving Elon Musk is a good example of this. In this scam, which was uncovered last year, scammers posing as the Tesla CEO tried to trick real his followers into sending cryptocurrency to a link in the tweet — supposedly in exchange for more digital coins to be sent back to them later.
The new feature will help users identify when the person who started the thread replies to someone in a lengthy and popular thread. Even though Twitter verifies the accounts of well-known people like celebrities, politicians and journalists with the blue check mark, it does