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Twitter Is Testing Two New Useful Features

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If you’re an observing Twitter user, there’s a chance that you’ve already noticed two new buttons. One of the two buttons is titled “Shop,” and it’s intended for tweets containing links to product pages on a shop’s website. The other button is titled “Undo,” and it lets you undo a recently sent tweet.

Shop Button

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The Shop button was spotted by Qatar-based social media consultant Matt Navarra, who first noticed it on his Android device. Tweets with the Shop button can be seen as alternatives to ads because they both serve the same purpose. The biggest difference between them is that ads are not organic, and many Twitter users don’t see them at all because they use various ad-blockers.

The color of the Shop button matches Twitter’s established color scheme, but it’s likely that it will eventually be customizable. If the button takes off, then we could see other similar e-commerce buttons launch in the future, such as a subscription button.

Twitter has also recently announced that it’s aiming to become a creator platform, so that’s yet another use case for this new tweet format, with exclusive subscriber-only content being just one click away.

Undo Button

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While arguably less exciting, the Undo button is something all Twitter users can appreciate. It appears for five to six seconds when a user hits send on a tweet, giving the user a chance to change their mind and make the tweet disappear before the whole world sees it.

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We expect the feature to result in fewer tweets with typos and embarrassing grammar errors, but we can also see it saving relationships and careers by making users rethink whether their tweet is really appropriate or not.

Unfortunately, there still hasn’t been any news about the prospect of an Edit button, which Twitter users have been requesting for years now. But because Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey previously said that Twitter would likely never implement it, it’s probably nowhere on the horizon.

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Spotify Is Experimenting With Artist NFT Collections

According to a recent survey, it seems that the currently tested NFT collections are just the first step toward a much broader implementation of NFTs into the platform.

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NFT sales may have declined by 92 percent since September 2021, but that’s not stopping Spotify from experimenting with a new feature that lets artists display their non-fungible token (NFT) collections on the music streaming platform.

At the moment, only a small group of artists are taking part in the experiment, including Steve Aoki and The Wombats. What’s more, only select US users of the Spotify app for Android can see NFTs when they visit the profile pages of the aforementioned artists.

spotify artist nft collections

“Spotify is running a test in which it will help a small group of artists promote their existing third-party NFT offerings via their artist profiles,” said Spotify spokesperson. “We routinely conduct a number of tests in an effort to improve artist and fan experiences.”

It’s important to point out that not all Spotify experiments result in new features. It all depends on the feedback the music streaming platform receives from users.

According to a survey some Spotify users have recently received, it seems that the currently tested NFT collections are just the first step toward a much broader implementation of NFTs into the platform. More specifically, Spotify seems to be thinking about allowing its users to directly purchase NFT art to support their favorite artists.

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Considering how polarizing NFTs have been since their inception in 2014, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many Spotify users have immediately expressed their dissatisfaction with the idea of NFTs becoming part of the Spotify music listening experience.

Other large tech companies are also experimenting with NFTs. Instagram, for example, started testing NFT integration last week, allowing NFT creators and collectors to display their tokens on the platform. Mark Zuckerberg himself believes that NFTs and digital collectibles in general will play an integral role in the metaverse, the new iteration of the internet.

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