According to recent reports, Twitter has begun requesting that users who capture tweets also include a link to the original tweet instead just the snapshot. It would appear that the microblogging service is capable of identifying screenshots captured within the application, which prompts users to either copy a link to the tweet or utilize the share menu in order to transmit the tweet to other users.
It is believed that the feature is the most recent effort made by the company to enhance engagement on the platform, in front of a takeover by Elon Musk, which is anticipated to take place later this month.
On Friday, a security researcher and expert in reverse engineering named Jane Manchun Wong (Twitter handle: @wongmjane) posted a snapshot of the Twitter app for iOS, which showed a window with the wording “Share Tweet instead?” and two buttons labeled Copy link and Share Tweet. We Were unsuccessful in our attempts to replicate the prompt on several iOS devices.
The company has confirmed to The Verge that the new functionality which prompts users to copy a link to the tweet or share the tweet itself is currently being tested in a limited capacity on iOS. Wong claims that the addition of the tool is the result of the company's efforts to boost user participation on the platform.
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It is important to keep in mind that in order to locate a tweet that has been captured on a screenshot, one must go to the Twitter website or app and conduct a search for the username or the tweet.
A tooltip that prompts users under a tweet and asks them to “Share this tweet with anyone, even if they aren't on Twitter” was seen being developed by Twitter a month ago, and it was seen that this tooltip was being tested. It is believed that the nudge appears directly beneath the buttons that allow users to like, share, reply, and retweet a tweet.
The firm already enables users to share tweets straight to their Instagram stories; but, Instagram users who see the story are unable to tap on the shared tweet in order to access it within the Twitter app.
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The researcher noticed a feature that was being tested in July that allowed users who do not have an account to “Try Twitter” in order to follow and read tweets on the mobile app without having to sign up for an account. Users who test out the application and later decide they want to tweet, retweet, like, or bookmark content will still be needed to register for the service or log in before they can do any of those things.