Twitter Is Testing Separate Retweet Counts, Tabbed UI

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Twitter is rolling out a test UI that showcases separate tabs for commented and uncommented Retweet counts on Android. That's based on a recent Tweet from Jane Manchun Wong under the handle '@wongmjane'. According to Tweet, which was accompanied by screenshots, Twitter is now showing two different figures for some users. The first is a typical "Retweets" count while the second is labeled "Retweets with comments."

Those show up in a single line until more than 100 of either are counted. Then an overflow setting, in the version currently under testing at the very least, moves the "Retweets with comments" count to a row of its own.

The counts work exactly as expected with a twist. Tapping on either now reveals a rundown list of those Retweets. For example, a tap or click on the "Retweets with comments" option shows those Retweets listed out in chronological order. At the top of that page, the standard "Retweets" are tucked behind an appropriately labeled tab at the top.

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That gives users an easy way to not only see how many users are commenting on their Retweet or not. They can also easily see who and what's been commented at a glance. The two categories do not appear to overlap either.

Reorganized Retweet counts are not the only change in Twitter

The addition of separated Retweet counts on Twitter is not the only change Twitter has been making lately. It's also already been available on iOS for some time.

Now, it will certainly make it easier to see — and possibly refute — arguments or disagreements for a given Tweet's original poster. And users will also be able to see exactly what's being said about their Tweets at a glance, even if the above-mentioned scenario doesn't apply. So it will prove useful to any number of users for a wide number of reasons.

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But it also follows on other changes pushed out alongside an ever-increasing userbase amid lockdowns and stay-at-home orders. In particular, it follows on the new addition of GIF, Photo, and Video comments in Retweets. Now, users can add those types of media to a Retweet when they choose to do so with a comment.

That gives users a more potent way to respond in almost-direct juxtaposition to this new feature allowing original posters to see who has said what about those Tweets.

When is this feature going to arrive for everybody?

The most recent addition to Twitter's interface and features will almost certainly give it a leg up when it comes to competing apps. But that doesn't mean it's going to arrive for everybody all at once. As noted above, this appears to be a feature still under testing. And that means it could take quite some time to arrive.

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There's been no mention of any requirement to navigate to the Play Store or a version number associated with the changes. So, if there aren't any bugs to speak of, the update will most likely arrive via a server-side update rather than as an app update.