Twitter is launching a test program that will allow users of its Android app to have a direct say on the future direction of the social network.
The company launched a beta program back in August whereby Android users could try out early versions of the Twitter app. The idea was to test out possible features ahead of their adoption (or otherwise) into the app proper.
Now Twitter is taking the test one step further, with a so-called alpha program that "will include earlier iterations of experiments."
The program will allow participants to provide direct feedback on the new features, and to collaborate with Twitter via a dedicated forum.
It’s this extra level of involvement that really sets the new alpha program apart from the previous one. Before, users would get a new software version and that would be that. Aside from the ability to file bug reports, there was no potential for interaction with the developers.
Now testers will be able to actively influence the development of one of the biggest social networks in the world. Pretty cool.
As you might expect from such a special project, spaces are rather limited, and are being granted on a first come first served basis.
Naturally, those who rely on Twitter for business or are deeply dependent on sharing their 140 characters-worth of thoughts at regular intervals should probably think twice about signing up. The nature of the program will mean that the software being used is unstable.
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