Twitter has just announced a new app that will allow anyone to become a beta tester of the official Twitter app for the iPhone and iPad
The testers will get to try out the unreleased features of Twitter on their iOS devices. And official Twitter account tweeted about it this morning:
Want to help us build some new Twitter features? We want it to be easier to read, understand and join conversations—and we’d love to know what you think. Sign up to be one of the first to try out our new prototype app, twttr.
And you can apply by filling out the Twitter Prototype Program application form.
You will be required to answer few questions and then enter you Twitter username, and you will receive an update on your applications status within the next few weeks through an email that is linked to your Twitter account.
According to TechCrunch, a new design for the conversations section will be tested at launch:
Initially, the new twttr app will focus on testing new designs for conversations. As the company demonstrated at CES, the prototype app will show a different format for replies, where conversations themselves have a more rounded chat-like shape and are indented so they’re easier to follow. Engagements, sharing options and other tweet details are hidden from view in order to simplify reading through longer threads.
And, most notably, the different types of replies are color-coded to designate those from the original poster as well as those Twitter users you personally follow. This is meant to offer better visual cues to readers who are trying to follow a lengthier thread where, often, side conversations take place, or the original poster jumps in to clarify things or respond to individual tweets.
The program launched today for the participants. And it will be available only for iOS Devices for now.
The applicants should expect a notification so they can start beta testing the new Twitter Protype program. And of course it will be downloaded using the Testflight app.