Twitter has launched Labs, a scheme that lets users try out some of the beta features that it is still testing out. The only catch is, Labs is only accessible to those under Twitter Blue, the platform’s premium subscription that’s currently only available to iOS users in Canada and Australia.
As Twitter points out, some of the features being tested in Labs would likely be made available to everyone else in the future, or become an exclusive to Twitter Blue – or could be scrapped altogether. Like regular beta tests, subscribers will have a say in what happens to each feature by providing their feedback to the social media giant.
Like being ahead of the curve?
Today, we’re rolling out Labs 🔬, giving you *early access* to some new features we’re building before everyone else like:
🔹 Pinned Conversations on iOS
🔹 Longer video uploads on desktop only
Here are some questions you might be asking:
— Twitter Blue (@TwitterBlue) October 27, 2021
Labs is rolling out with two features right out of the bag, the social media giant added. One feature allows users to upload videos lasting up to 10 minutes long from the desktop website, as opposed to the current limit of 140 seconds. Another is called Pinned Conversations, which lets users pin their favourite conversations on top in their Direct Message inbox.
Twitter has been quite experimental this year, testing out several beta features every month, with the recent ones focusing on NFTs, cryptocurrency, and making the platform less toxic. Twitter Blue’s permanent features include bookmark organising tools, a reader mode, and even an “Undo Tweet” button.