Recently, users on Twitter have been complaining of strange occurrences in their app. An example is, 1k retweets getting slashed down to 100 retweets for no apparent reason. Meanwhile in the midst of all this, Twitter is testing a couple new features in its iOS app in the background.
Already, the app has rolled out some updates recently, even the web version got its share. The tweaks Twitter has been testing include encrypted direct messages, night mode improvements, new drag & drop interface and “react with GIF” option.
Matt Navarra, a social media consultant, found these new features. He told Mashable he accessed the new and yet to be released features by circumventing around Twitter’s iOS app’s code. And according to Mashable, a Twitter spokesperson confirmed the company regularly experiments with many new features.
As Navarra reported, here are some of the features Twitter is toying with in the background.

1. Encrypted direct messages

Spotted last year in Twitter for Android, encrypted direct messaging seem to be coming to the iOS app soon.

2/ Twitter’s encrypted direct messages feature (hidden feature/enabled)
— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) February 6, 2019

Later Navarra tweeted that a source has told him the direct message encryption had been slated for late 2018. But it got paused along the way. Well, now it is evident that it’s coming.

Source: Twitter has paused working on end-to-end encryption feature for Direct Messages.
Feature was expected to be released late 2018.
Now it’s uncertain.
— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) February 8, 2019

encrypted direct message; new features for iOS Twitter

2. GIF reactions

Navarra also discovered a new “react with GIF” option. This option would specifically apply to retweets.

7a/ Here’s what the Twitter retweet and React with GIF option looks like…
— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) February 7, 2019


3. New drag and drop interface

The first for the new drag and drop gestures is the compose tweet button. The new feature would allow you to move the compose tweet button around the screen.

5/ Twitter to let you un-dock and move the tweet compose button?!
— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) February 6, 2019

The second, which is quite useful, is the ability to drag and drop individual tweets. For instance, you could use it to drag and drop tweets into a new tweet to quote a tweet. You could also drag it into a message to DM it to someone.

8/ Twitter is testing a drag-n-drop feature for tweets on iOS?
Let’s you select a tweet from your feed and place it into a new tweet to RT + comment OR into a DM to send on to someone privately.
— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) February 7, 2019


4. Improved night mode

The bird is bringing two updates to its “Night mode” feature. The first is a night mode that uses a black colour theme instead of the current dark blue colour.

1/ This is Twitter’s DARKER night mode coming soon (hidden feature enabled)
— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) February 6, 2019

automatic night mode; new features for iOS Twitter
The second update is Automatic night mode. With “automatic night mode,” the dark them will launch automatically in the evening and go off in the morning.

3/ Twitter’s auto-night mode (hidden feature/enabled)
— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) February 6, 2019

5. News, Friends, and Highlights

Twitter may bring 3 new additions to side navigation bar: News, Friends, and Highlights. Currently, it’s obvious the use of those 3 additions. Perhaps, that’s just a new way to filter your timeline.
Navarra thinks the “Friends” is there to show tweets from people that follow you and you follow them also.

6/ Twitter side-menu options for new features coming soon?
– News
– Friends
– Highlights
— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) February 6, 2019

highlights, friends, news; new features for iOS Twitter
But Navarra came again saying a source says Twitter is no longer “actively working on “news” and “friends.”” leaving only Highlights.
These are all cool features and iOS users definitely hope Twitter would fast to launch them.

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