Twitter has been on a rollercoaster ride since billionaire Elon Musk took over as the CEO of the company. The company has introduced several changes on the platform, including the addition and removal of several features. Twitter recently removed the feature which showed the device a tweet was made from. The company’s top chief stated that the feature was a waste of space and computing. There are several such microservices that are set to go away, according to Musk. Meanwhile, Twitter has introduced a new feature that will show how many people have viewed a tweet.
Musk confirmed the rollout of the feature via a tweet. “Twitter is rolling out View Count, so you can see how many times a tweet has been seen! This is normal for video,” Musk tweeted. The billionaire CEO further added that the feature will help show how many people are active on Twitter as 90 per cent of users read tweets but do not reply or like them as those are public actions.
New Twitter Feature Alert
Twitter Support revealed some more details about the new feature which will show how many views a tweet has received on the platform. The company confirmed that the feature is available on both iOS and Android apps. The web platform will get the feature soon, the company added.
View counts show the total number of times a tweet has been viewed. With view counts, users can see the reach of their tweets. The views counter is public, which means all users on Twitter can see the number of views your tweet got on the platform. The views counter will appear next to the analytics icon on each Tweet. Check the image below where the tweet views are displayed next to the retweets, quote tweets and likes counter.
Twitter revealed that not all tweets will have the view counter. Tweets made in Community groups or Twitter Circles will not show the view counts. The company also revealed that older tweets will not show the number of views a user got.
The view count will increase every time a user views your tweet, irrespective of where they see your tweet. This includes the tweets embedded in articles, home, search, profiles, etc. The views will be added irrespective of whether the user follows you or not.
In addition to this, the company revealed that multiple views may be counted if a user views a tweet more than once. The catch here is that the device for viewing the tweet must be different. For example, Twitter will count it as a separate view if you saw a tweet first on your phone and then on the PC/ web app.
It would be interesting to see if Twitter makes any changes in the feature or rather keeps it alive for a longer period, considering the platform has been killing some features days after introducing them. What are your thoughts about the view counter? Let us know in the comments below.