Twitter users on iOS devices will start to see the roll-out of an update to the Twitter search function. For a very long time the search function remained untouched with results coming in the form of a scrollable list. Now, following a tweet from Twitter last night, this is all due to change.
Twitter for iOS update includes a new “sections” tab for search
The new sections tab allows iOS users to scroll horizontally through different sections to view the top tweets and news relating to them. The new sections include For you, Sports, Fun, Entertainment, and more.
🔍 just got an upgrade. We added sections so it’s easier for you to see the Tweets you care about the most, starting today in the US. pic.twitter.com/BuZA9CvgGk
— Twitter (@Twitter) November 14, 2018
Finding the new sections tabs couldn’t be easier. All you have to do is hit the search icon at the bottom of the page and you’ll then see them at the top of the screen beneath the search bar. Clicking each tab will then open a scrollable list of top stories and Tweets relating to each section. The For you section, however, still resembles the old Twitter search page by showing trending searches and hashtags relating to your usual Twitter behavior.
In other Twitter news, CEO Jack Dorsey has been talking about the possibility of adding a much sought-after edit button. People have been calling for an edit button to be added to Twitter since forever. If you don’t believe us, check out the comments on that tweet above, which is about something completely unrelated.
The issue for users is that if they tweet something that contains a small error, grammatical or otherwise, they have to delete their tweet and then repost it. The flipside of this is that Twitter is used for breaking news and an edit button, theoretically, could provide a way of altering what has happened in the past by changing the tweets that broke the stories. This might sound like an overblown problem, but in today’s world, people distorting the truth is not something that should be taken lightly.
While speaking at an event in India, Dorsey addressed the needs of the Twitter community. He said, “A lot of people want the edit button because they want to quickly fix a mistake they made. Like a misspelling or tweeting the wrong URL. That’s a lot more achievable than allowing people to edit any tweet all the way back in time.”
Does this mean we could soon be seeing a short window of opportunity for editing our tweets? If Twitter were to implement a 10-minute window for editing Tweets that contain errors, similar to the new “Delete sent messages” feature coming to Facebook Messenger, it would give people the chance to correct any spelling mistakes without allowing the opportunity to change history.
The new sections feature for Twitter search is rolling out to users in the U.S. right now. If it still hasn’t landed on your phone, don’t worry as these things take time. If you want to keep up to date on whether an edit button is, in fact, coming to Twitter, sign up for our regular newsletter by passing us your email address in the box at the bottom of the page.