Twitter: What is the new ‘tweets per month’ feature and what have the reactions been?

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The Twitter app on an Apple iPhone 6s (PA) (PA Archive)
The Twitter app on an Apple iPhone 6s (PA) (PA Archive)

If you’re a shy Twitter user, the type who lurks in the background and watches as others send their messages into the ether, then, this update might not exactly be what you’re after.

Twitter is testing a new feature that displays how many times a user tweets per month on their profile page.

The feature was first spotted in June, however, as of Tuesday, other Twitter users have shared that they have also seen it added to their profiles.

Speaking to Techcrunch a spokesperson for Twitter said that this is: “part of an ongoing experiment in which we want to learn how providing more context about the frequency of an account’s Tweets can help people make more informed decisions about the accounts they choose to engage with.”

With the use of the new metric, users can decide if they want to follow those who post lots of tweets or those who hardly tweet at all.

Here’s everything you need to know.

What is Twitter’s ‘tweets per month’ counter?

The “tweets per month” feature displays how many tweets a user has shared that month on their Twitter profile.

Previous studied have shown that only a small fraction of Twitter users create most of the content on the platform on a day-to-day basis. The research, carried out by the Pew Research Center in 2019 suggested that about a tenth of the users on the microblogging site created over four-fifths of all tweets.

“The median user tweets just twice each month, but a small cohort of extremely active Twitter users posts with much greater regularity,” the report said

“As a result, much of the content posted by Americans on Twitter reflects a small number of authors. The 10 per cent of users who are most active in terms of tweeting are responsible for 80 per cent of all tweets created by US users,” it noted.

Who is Twitter’s ‘tweets per month’ counter available to?

Engineers researching developments on the social media platform had previously noted the feature in late June, but now many more users have found they have access to the counter.

What has the reaction to Twitter’s ‘tweets per month’ feature been?

Some users who have gained access to the feature find it to be “brutal” and “rude”.

Is Twitter introducing any other updates?

The micro-blogging site said that it is also testing a feature that will allow people to post images, videos, and GIFs in a single multimedia tweet.

The company confirmed the test and said it is available to some users for a limited time, adding that accounts can add tags to both photos and videos in the tweet.

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