UPDATE- August 31st
The new label gives users a cleaner and easier access to retweets with comments, which will now be known as “quoted tweets”. Twitter says the change it hopes will spur new conversations on the platform by making it easier to see what other people are saying.
The change is live on Twitter for iOS, Android, and the web.
In May Twitter rolled out its new label and section, “Retweets with Comments.” The feature was aimed at making it easier for users to find and join in conversations about a tweet.
Now, 4 months later the company is experimenting with a different kind of metric. A Twitter spokesperson told The Verge in an email that they are testing renaming “Retweets with Comments” to “Quotes” with a new Quotes tab alongside Retweets and Likes.
“A few months ago, we’ve made Retweets with Comments more visible when you tap to see Retweets on a Tweet,” a Twitter spokesperson wrote in an email to The Verge. “This is available to everyone. Now, we’re testing making Retweets with Comments accessible directly on the Tweet and new language (Quotes) to see if this makes them easier to access and more understandable.”The Verge
A tipster sent The Verge the new feature which shows a Quotes count next to the number of Retweets and Likes. The new feature is not live for everyone, and with Twitter testing, it typically stays reserved for a small number of users on either iOS exclusively, or on Android and the web.
Twitter has been on this relentless pursuit to perfect and tweak its user interface to better reflect effective and positive conversations on the platform. One of the newest features being tested is allowing users to limit who can reply to their tweets. Last week the company released an iOS app update stating the feature was live for everyone, however, Twitter later clarified saying the release notes for the update were wrong and that the feature is not live.