Last year, Cheep touted a scattering of appearance meant to spur chat on the platform. Or, “increase the health of public conversation,” as CEO Jack Dorsey told Congress last year.

At CES today, aggregation assembly accepted to that the appearance would roll out to assertive users in the coming weeks as part of a public test.

The first of these was a Facebook-like attendance indicator that displays when users are online. Presumably, it’s easier to start a chat with people who are actively using the social arrangement at the moment you want to talk to them… who knew? Depending on the aberration Cheep chooses to roll out, this may also accommodate a Slack-like status option that lets you accommodate your accepted status below your username — #OnTheToilet.

Next is the “ice breakers” feature, a sort of canned bulletin users can rely on to spark chat with other tweeps. As first appear last year, the affection would look article like this:


Twitter is also because acceptance users to pin this ice breaker to the top of their profile, a congenital chat amateur for abeyant followers to affix with users on their terms.

Last up is a new take on threaded replies. Cooked up for users who still don’t apprehend they can reply to alone tweets within a thread — rather than the thread itself — these new replies make it super easy to not only respond, but to differentiate responses from the noise of others in the thread, as abundant by Twitter‘s Sara Haider in August.

For Twitter, it’s good to see a return to appearance that better serve the community. While it’s cryptic whether this will foster better communication, or have all but a minor bump in the level of user engagement, charcoal to be seen.

We have no calendar on when, or if, these appearance will be made accessible to the accepted public, but we’re just as aflame as you are to try them out.

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