A New Feature For Twitter?

Since the rumors of takeover of Twitter by Elon Musk, we hear a lot of information related to the evolution of Twitter. A while ago we heard about possible possibilities to edit tweets after posting. We also saw a proposal for a “fee” for government or commercial accounts. Making the social network’s algorithm public is also an idea that is on the table. Today, even if it is not necessarily linked to the takeover or to Elon Musk, we could see that Twitter was working on a new feature that would make it possible to follow tweets on a particular search: Search Subscribe.

How will Twitter’s next feature, Search Subscribe, work?

The principle is quite simple. Search Subscribe will allow Twitter users to receive notifications as soon as tweets are published in the search results of a keyword tracking.

We can quite compare this feature to its equivalent on the search engine: Google Alerts, which allows you to receive a daily report of everything that is published on a specific request.

To activate it, it will be very simple. All you have to do is search for the application, then click on a small button to receive notifications. Discover all this in pictures on this tweet from Dylan Roussel, the Android developer who found this future function.

We have no more information regarding notifications. Dylan Roussel specifies that he has not yet received push notifications. 2 options are then available to us:

  • Twitter has not yet activated the feature because they are still working on this one.
  • Or else it is a periodic report and not a notification for each tweet, which could be too intrusive. We would then start on a principle very similar to Google Alerts, as we said previously.

This feature was discovered on mobile, but we don’t know if it will be possible to have it on desktop. It’s a safe bet that this will also be possible.

An existing feature?

For the most advanced users of Twitter, this functionality is not necessarily new. Indeed, on TweetDeck, the management interface in the form of a Twitter dashboard, it was already possible to follow everything that was happening on a keyword.

A priori, if the functionality takes up exactly the characteristics of what can already be seen on TweetDeck, it will be possible to filter the results and the notifications to be sent by author, by location or even in relation to engagement product.

However, as we said, TweetDeck is intended more for Internet users who use Twitter more extensively. However, a feature like this can be of interest to “classic” users. This may explain Twitter’s desire tooffer Search Subscribe to the general public.

Then, it should also be noted that the desktop version TweetDeck will close next month on MacOS (disappeared from Windows in 2016). In addition, the future of Twitter’s main third-party client is worrying and seems increasingly unclear. The trend is currently a move to a paid formula, while this tool is completely free today. This could explain why they import some “public utility” TweetDeck features on Twitter before charging for it.

Under what conditions will we be able to benefit from the subscription to the search results?

Several speculations revolve around the addition of this new feature. It may be added to Twitter Blue. As a reminder, Twitter Blue is a premium formula of the social network, which allows the most assiduous users to take advantage of advanced features.

Anyway, Search Subscribe is currently only available on Twitter Alpha, the version of the blue bird reserved for developers. We will therefore have to wait for its official launch to know everything about this new tool.

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