Twitter today announced a series of features, which will be tested in the next few days. This includes the new UI design, the way to remove followers, and the community features announced not long ago.
The new UI changes are edge-to-edge tweets. Unlike the indentation below the display picture that wasted valuable space on the left side of the screen, tweets will now take up the entire screen.
Now test it on iOS:
Side-to-side tweets that span the width of the timeline give your photos, GIFs, and videos more room to shine. pic.twitter.com/luAHoPjjlY
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) September 7, 2021
This is very similar to how posts are displayed on Facebook. The text part will appear on any media that may appear in the tweet. Then both text and media will span the entire width of the phone display.
This feature is currently only tested on specific accounts on iOS.
The next new feature is the official version called soft blocking. With this feature, you can now easily stop one of your followers from following you without reminding them. There was no way to do this without blocking and unblocking, hence the term soft blocking.
This feature will not prevent others from viewing your tweets in a way that actually prevents them. If they notice that they no longer follow you, they can still follow you well. However, if you change your account to a private account after they last followed you, they will no longer be able to view your content automatically without explicit permission.
This feature is currently only tested on the web.
The last feature is the community, which was announced in February. This feature allows you to create an invitation-only group of people. Anyone can create a community around a shared theme, and then invite others to join.
The community is only for invitees (and now!), but the invitations of administrators and moderators are not restricted, and members have 5 invitations per community (again, now!) sent via DM
So choose wisely (3/7) pic.twitter.com/KTDnmhOB8T
— Twitter Community (@JoinCommunities) September 8, 2021
Administrators and moderators can invite anyone to join the group, and those who are invited will get five invitations to invite others. After entering the group, members can choose to publish posts that are visible to anyone or only members of a specific group. Likewise, they will see posts from other community members.
Twitter has mentioned that all this is temporary, including the invitation-only system, once the feature leaves the test, things may change in the future.
The community is currently testing on iOS and the Web, and will be tested on Android later.