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November 1, 2018

Twitter Adds Floating Compose Button and Tests Option to Switch Between Latest and Top Tweets

by John_A

Twitter has added a new compose button to its official mobile app for iOS that’s designed for one-handed scrolling and tweet composing.

Located in the bottom right of the Twitter interface, the new floating icon can be tapped to start composing a tweet.

Meanwhile, a 3D Touch or long press gesture on the button causes three options to fan out in a radial menu that includes quick access to drafts, images/videos and the GIF gallery.

Elsewhere, Twitter has announced new tools for users to report spam. The standard Report Tweet options remain as usual, but flagging a suspicious or spam tweet offers the following additional options:

  • The account tweeting this is fake.
  • Includes a link to a potentially harmful, malicious, or phishing site.
  • The hashtags included seem unrelated.
  • Uses the reply function to spam.
  • It’s something else.

In addition to the above, Twitter has started testing an option to quickly access a classic reverse chronological timeline, as promised back in September. The feature, currently only available to a small number of users, comes in the form new icon in the top right of the interface providing a shortcut to switch between the latest and “top” tweets in the feed.


Once the feature officially rolls out, it should allay user frustration with Twitter’s curated selection of tweets, which often includes a mishmash of relatively old tweets, ads, and tweets your friends like.

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