Twitter today has announced an update to its iOS app that gives users more control over what they see in their timeline and who is able to interact with them. Announced on the official Twitter blog, the changes come to notification settings and a new quality filter setting. The update specifically brings more control to users who are not lucky enough to be verified on the service.
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First off, the new notifications settings allow users to limit notifications to only people they follow on mobile and on Twitter’s website. This essentially means that in your notifications tab, you’ll only see interactions from people who you follow back. Ideally, this will limit the clutter for people who get a lot of notifications. Additionally, notifications settings are more accessible now as Twitter is adding a quick link to the page directly to the notifications tab.
Additionally, Twitter is introducing a new feature that it calls a quality filter setting. Some users have had access to this setting for a while, but it’s now rolling out to everyone. Twitter explains that when the quality filter setting is turned on, it will work to improve the quality of tweets that are displayed based on factors like account origin and behavior. With the filter turned on, low-quality content will be cleared from areas like notifications and other parts of Twitter. The company notes, however, that it will not filter out any content from accounts you follow back or with which you have recently interacted.
When turned on, the filter can improve the quality of Tweets you see by using a variety of signals, such as account origin and behavior. Turning it on filters lower-quality content, like duplicate Tweets or content that appears to be automated, from your notifications and other parts of your Twitter experience. It does not filter content from people you follow or accounts you’ve recently interacted with – and depending on your preferences, you can turn it on or off in your notifications settings.
Twitter says that these features are purely opt-in, so if you don’t want your account messed with at all, you can keep everything the same. The company also notes that these features will continue to be tweaked over time.
Twitter for iOS is available for free on the App Store.