I don’t know about you, but I don’t always like it when I’m mentioned in entire conversations on Twitter without really knowing why I’m being tagged. Fortunately, it seems that the bluebird social network is working on a way to give more control to the user in the “mentions” category. Apparently, the company is already testing the new functionality.
Once again, developer and leaker Jane Manchun Wong discovered the news and soon shared it with her followers.
Apparently, the feature will give the user the ability to decide how mentions will work for each profile. It will be possible to completely block tags or limit who can do it, with the options of “anyone” or “only people you follow”.
There is still no date for the debut of this option or if it will actually arrive one day. However, it would be a very welcome addition, especially for people who value their privacy the most.
Tagging in posts is not unheard of, even more so on Twitter. However, it is common for a long conversation between several users to keep releasing notifications, even if you are not participating. All because someone made a mention with your @ in the first tweets.
It is true that we can mute a conversation to avoid such a situation, but blocking mentions would mainly serve to prevent strangers from tagging your account without your permission.
All in all, this is really an update that I would really like.
It seems like tags are the current focus of the social network. In addition to carrying out experiments with user mentions, the company has also been thinking about alternatives to hashtags.
According to Jane Manchun Wong, it may be that in the near future, only brands or advertisements will be able to make use of the popular #. Thus, common words or words that have nothing to do with companies could no longer be turned into links.
For example, it would still be possible to create communities around #Nike, but it would not be possible to do that with the word #bacaninha, unless there is a brand with that nomenclature. One can speculate that the reason for this change is to develop a new form of monetization.
Be that as it may, of the two most recent tests by Twitter, this is the most controversial.
With information: XDA.