[Update 2: Android & Web Rollout] Twitter is starting to show quoted retweets on Android and iOS
Keeping track of conversations on Twitter can prove to be a nightmare, especially if you’re using your phone to access the social media platform. In order to make it easier for users to keep track of replies, the company has previously experimented with a couple of different features. Back in April last year, Twitter first tested new label tags to help users keep a track of the original author in a conversation and the people mentioned in the original tweet. Then, earlier this year in March, the company started rolling out threaded replies on Android which made browsing through replies a whole lot easier. And now, according to a recent tweet from prolific reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane), the platform is starting to show quoted retweets on Android and iOS.
It turns out Twitter is actually testing the ability to view quote tweets!
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) April 21, 2020
For the unaware, Twitter currently lets you retweet both with and without a comment. However, regardless of what you do, the platform doesn’t have a way to let you see what comments people made alongside their retweet unless you click on the “Retweets” button and then check the profile for each person who retweeted the tweet. In order to simplify this process, Twitter is now testing a new UI that separates all retweets into two tabs — those with comments and those without comments.
It looks like this! pic.twitter.com/HaVoRMO6T5
— Divia contact trace presumed positive cases Eden (@diviacaroline) April 21, 2020
As you can see in the tweet above, the tabs list down all the retweets based on whether or not they have a comment and the retweets that do have a comment show the comment alongside the original tweet.
can confirm as well, but i’m seeing a slightly different UI pic.twitter.com/UCsE2AH9GL
— Mehedi Hassan (@mehedih_) April 21, 2020
Twitter is currently testing this feature with a handful of users on both Android and iOS, but the feature has a slightly different UI on each platform. As you can see in the tweet above, the Android version doesn’t have two separate tabs and only has a single button to show all retweets with comments. As of now, it isn’t clear which UI will be released when the feature finally rolls out to more users and we currently have no information on the release timeline. We’ll update the post as soon as the feature rolls out to a broader audience.
Update 1: Official on iOS
Don’t miss the Tweets about your Tweet.
Now on iOS, you can see Retweets with comments all in one place. pic.twitter.com/oanjZfzC6y
— Twitter (@Twitter) May 12, 2020
The ability to see all of your tweets that were quoted, or as Twitter calls it, “Retweets with comments,” is now available on iOS. When you tap “Retweets” on a tweet you are brought to a new page with two tabs for “With comments” and “Without comments.” According to a product lead at Twitter, the feature will be rolling out “soon” to Android.
Update 2: Twitter now lets you see retweets with comments on Android and web
Following the rollout on iOS, Twitter will now let you see the retweets with comments on both the official Android app as well as on the web.
Now on Android and web –– see Retweets with comments by tapping the Retweet count when you tap into a Tweet!
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) May 21, 2020
Click on the number of retweets to see all the retweets that have happened with comments as well as those that have been retweeted without comments.