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Twitter rolls out Topics to let you follow subjects, instead of just people

Twitter can be a confusing place for those used to services like Facebook, given its limited content discovery options. Such shortcomings have held the platform’s user count to a few hundred million, while its peers are sailing in the billion-user territory. The Explore tab tries to address this, but we all know how useful its suggestions can be. With Topics, the microblogging service wants you to take control of the subjects you wish to follow, without having to go through the tedious process of finding individual accounts.

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[Update: Available for all] Twitter for Android adds OLED-friendly 'lights out' mode in latest alpha

Twitter joined the night-mode party way back in 2016 with an option to darken the app’s blindingly white background to a more comforting tone of blue. It surely worked back then, but with the recently renewed fad of OS-wide dark modes, Twitter’s implementation pales in comparison. This is supposedly changing soon as the company has begun testing "lights out" mode for its Android app.

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Twitter lets US users hide replies in their threads

Social media can be thought of as an ant colony: if you want to introduce a new factor in how people can or can't communicate with each other, you should probably test it out with a sequestered region before introducing it to the whole place. Such was the case as Twitter began testing hidden replies in Canada beginning in July. Today, it is expanding that test to Japan and the United States.

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[Update: Delayed] Twitter shares some love with AMOLED users with true-black dark mode

Twitter was amongst the early ones to release a night mode for its app. However, even though it's been around since 2016, the interface uses shades of midnight blue rather than black, which might be easier on the eye but doesn't help save as much battery as turning the pixels off on AMOLED screens. The social media giant is now addressing this by rolling out a new "Lights out" option that lets you switch to true-black tones that not only look darker but also reduce power consumption on AMOLED panels.

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[Update: Back up] Twitter is down so you'll have to go to Facebook to complain about it

If you noticed that "Something is technically wrong" when you went to tweet just now, it's not just you. At the time of writing, Twitter seems to be down. Neither desktop app, nor mobile site, or even the Twitter Android app can connect to the service. You'll have to get your next dose of narcissism via Facebook.

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[Update: Actually still in testing] Twitter lets you know when the original poster replies to a thread

In lengthy and popular Twitter threads, it can be useful to identify when the person who initially started the conversation replies to someone. Twitter seems to be testing a new feature in its Android app that lets you quickly identify just that.

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Twitter tests conversation subscriptions, letting you follow threads of interest

Twitter is a platform where you can quickly share your thoughts in neat, 140 280 letters long snippets. No other social network is as fast-moving and up-to-date. Another differentiating factor is that you can't comment on Tweets like you can on Facebook posts — instead, you need to reply with a tweet of your own to take part in a conversation, making discussions messy and hard to follow. Twitter knows that. Besides working on a complete redesign of replies over on iOS, the company is testing a tweak to its Android app by adding a new icon for us to click: "Subscribe to conversation."

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[Update: Hidden interactions not rolling out] Twitter update adds new camera screen, hides number of interactions, and more

Twitter is a perpetual dumpster fire, partially because of poor management, and partially because abuse and bot accounts are rampant. The company has tried many different tactics to make the platform a better place, but it's still not great. A new update that focuses on photos is now rolling out, and Twitter quietly slipped a few other changes in.

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Twitter tweaks tattling tools to tag and terminate terrible tweets

Twitter has become the de-facto mouthpiece of everyone from the head-of-state to the neighborhood headcase, and the level of discourse often falls to that of a middle school playground. Unlike your 'permanent record' though, tweets can have real-life consequences — whether it be getting arrested, becoming universally hated, or harm falling your way by someone leaked your private information online (also called doxing). Twitter's spam reporting mechanism is often overwhelmed, leading to long lead times in removing sensitive data, so today the company added a step which it hopes will help prioritize such cases.

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