Twitter is testing a new statuses feature that will allow users to tag posts with predefined labels, similar to the statuses the old LiveJournal and MySpace platforms allowed.


Several users started reporting this morning that they could post Twitter statuses with an accompanying emoji, and the company has since confirmed this TechCrunch that it is currently testing the feature with a select group in the US and Australia.

“For a limited time, we’re testing a feature that allows you to add a status topic to your tweets from a pre-determined list to provide more context to your followers,” a Twitter spokesman said. “Whether you’re posting a hot tweet thread, sharing your shower thoughts, or having a bad Monday case, your tweets can do a better job of conveying what you’re up to.”

As it stands, Twitter intends for the statuses to replace certain common preambles that people often add to their tweets, thereby sparing valuable characters. Some of the statuses in the test are, for example, “Shower Thought”, “Picture of the Day”, “Spoiler Alert”, “Hot Take” and “Unpopular Opinion”.

The statuses shown under the user’s name are for individual tweets only and cannot be edited, while clicking on a status badge also shows what other posters with the same status have shared.

It’s unclear how many users will have access to the statuses, and Twitter hasn’t said how long the test will last or how likely the feature is to stick.

Twitter is currently testing a number of other features designed to improve the social network’s usability, including Twitter circles for sharing tweets with a small group of people and a downvote button.

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