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TechnologyTwitter tests ways for users to follow and snooze specific topics

02:40  14 august  2019
02:40  14 august  2019 Source:   techcrunch.com

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Avoid spoilers with Facebook's Keyword Snooze . Facebook. Spoiler alert: Facebook just began testing a feature that can help you avoid spoilers or, basically, any topic you don’t want to see in your News Feed.

Twitter is currently trialing a new feature with iOS and Android users that lets them receive You probably have notifications on for your must- follows . Now you can get notifications when there’s a They include a snooze button to temporarily silence notifications from the app, and a Hide Replies

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We’ve all have a few topics that pop up regularly in our Facebook News Feed we’d rather not see. Maybe you’re trying to avoid World Cup details until you get home to watch that Whatever your reason, now you can mute those topics thanks to a new Facebook feature called “Keyword Snooze .”

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The company plans to greatly expand the scope of these topics so that fans will be able to have timelines devoted to BTS and skincare routines. The feature is focused on helping users find new accounts and communities that they can dive deeper into.

The company is curating the overall topics manually, but Twitter will be relying on machine learning to intelligently populate the topics themselves so that the tweets can stay up to date. The company is also testing the ability to not only follow topics in your central timeline, but create your own secondary timelines that you can bring multiple topics, accounts and hashtags into.

A feature that Twitter says it is also starting to experiment with is the ability to temporarily unfollow a topic so you can keep certain tweets out of your timeline like tweets chronicling an ongoing finale of a TV show or a football game.

Twitter's latest test lets you follow topics.
Twitter isn't relenting in its eagerness to test new features. The social site has begun testing an option to follow topics in addition to people. You'll have to pick from a list of topics curated by Twitter, starting with sports, but it should expand to include celebrities, TV shows and other common discussions. When you do follow a topic, you'll see a handful of tweets in addition to those from people you follow. You'll also have the option to mute topics, so you won't have to risk spoiling a show or enduring a done-to-death conversation.

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