Twitter had been testing some new language on tweet metrics and working on making Quotes and Retweets with Comments visible on each tweet. Now the social media company seems to be replacing 'Retweets with Comments' with 'Quotes'. The Quotes listing will be a more simplified one and will be visible on the main presentation screen.
Twitter seems to be favouring using ‘Quotes’ instead of ‘Retweets with comment' pic.twitter.com/GaVDvLhhkV— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) August 25, 2020
Some Twitter users could see a Quotes count and reverse engineering expert Jane Manchun Wong spotted the new listing in the back end code of the Twitter app.
The new Retweet listings in the form of two categories, Retweets and Retweets with Comments were launched back in May. Now it seems like Twitter is reconsidering displaying both the counts on the main tweet as it probably looks a bit cluttered and has, therefore, added the shorter Quotes marker in place of Retweets with Comments.
Don’t miss the Tweets about your Tweet.— Twitter (@Twitter) May 12, 2020
Now on iOS, you can see Retweets with comments all in one place. pic.twitter.com/oanjZfzC6y
A small change like this one might not have much impact on the functionality of the platform or the way users interact. However, it will definitely make Twitter more understandable for its users as the company has been receiving feedback over the last few years suggesting that the platform is difficult to get a handle on.
Twitter is working on providing easily accessible data and insights and while that may not have a huge impact on most users, it could have more relevance in certain contexts.