2021-09-08

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{Disarmed} Twitter presents Communities, its version of Facebook Groups and Reddit where specific topics are discussed and entered by invitation

Twitter presents Communities, its version of Facebook Groups and Reddit where specific topics are discussed and entered by invitation

The Twitter we knew 5 years ago is very different from the Twitter we have now. With the advent of features like Spaces , Fleets, or the Twitter Blue payment service, Twitter has evolved into more than just sending tweets . The latest thing they're experimenting with is Communities, a kind of invitation-only group .

Starting today, users can be invited to a series of communities within Twitter. These communities are related to specific topics such as dogs, astronomy or sneakers . Once inside, the tweets that appear are related to that specific topic and you can send tweets only to people in that community or to all followers as normal.

Communities can have their own moderators who establish rules to be inside, invite users, or remove them from the community. They say they are working on ways to improve this, as well as discovering new communities and allowing to create communities itself.

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If this functionality is to be extrapolated, the biggest analogy we can find is Reddit with its subreddits . On Reddit, users can create subreddits to post on specific topics, as well as join subreddits already created by other users. Here there are also moderators who establish the rules for being part of the community and what type of content is accepted within the community.

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Through hashtags and lists, in recent years we have seen how pseudo-communities have been established on Twitter related to specific topics. Likewise, Twitter itself created the T├│pics, which automatically collect tweets on specific topics and allows users to follow specific topics. Communities, in a way, is the natural step to take.

This effort by Twitter starts with trying to better retain new users . One of the problems with Twitter is that it monopolizes new users but once inside they easily lose interest by not knowing which accounts to follow or not finding ways to explore and discover content of interest to them. Hence the arrival of topics, lists, the Discovery function or now Communities.

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Communities is currently a test and is appearing to random users globally. The functionality will appear in a tab in the bottom bar in the iOS app and in the sidebar within the web. Android users for now will only be able to read tweets from communities to which they belong, but the function is not in the app as such.

Via | CNBC

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The news Twitter presents Communities, its version of Facebook Groups and Reddit where specific topics are discussed and entered by invitation was originally published in xiaomist.com by Cristian Rus .

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