What are Twitter Statuses?

Twitter is rolling out a new feature today that lets you post statuses. This is a big deal, because it means that you can now tag your posts like they were retro MySpace moods.

Twitter new feature: Status

Some examples of these statuses include “Spoiler alert,” “Shower thoughts,” “Picture of the day” and, for some reason, the very redundant “Current status.”

Check out this tweet as an example using the new Status feature on Twitter:

 

 

“For a limited time, we are testing a feature that allows you to add a status topic from a predetermined list to your Tweets to provide more context for your followers,” Twitter told TechCrunch. “So whether you are about to drop a hot Tweet thread, share your shower thoughts, or have a bad case of the Mondays, your Tweets can better convey what you are up to.”

 

The full list of Twitter Statuses

Although it’d be better that instead of having to choose from Twitter’s existing list, users would be able to customize their statuses. At least for now, you can only choose from a list of pre-written statuses Twitter provides.

Twitter has all the time been about broadcasting your thoughts to the world in 280-character snippets. You can use Twitter to promote your company or product, distribute news and events, or just keep in touch with friends. But now it seems like your Tweets will be a lot more personal — if people will actually begin using them.

 

These Twitter Status tags include:

  • A Thread
  • Spoiler Alert
  • Need Advice
  • AMA
  • Hot Take
  • Vacation Mode
  • Picture of the Day
  • Unpopular Comment
  • Living the Dream
  • Soon
  • Traveling
  • Good Morning
  • Case of the Mondays
  • Working Hard, Hardly Working
  • Current Status
  • Counting Down
  • Shower Thoughts

 

How does Twitter “Status” feature work?

These status badges (tags, labels, updates, …) allow you to distribute your current mood or circumstance—such as “Traveling” or “Living the dream”—along with a corresponding emoji. The tag appears below your name on every tweet; everyone can click on it to see what other users are saying about the same topic. It basically opens a Twitter advanced search results page where other tweets using the same Status appear. Worth mentioning that when we tested the feature, lots of other tweets including the same phrase/word appeared in the results as well, which didn’t have the status.

Who can use Status feature now?

Currently, only a sample group of Twitter users have this feature enabled on their account by Twitter. Among the selected group we could see some journalists, and celebrities. Twitter declined to opinion on the size of its test group, but said it is running in Australia and the U.S. The business hasn’t said if it plans to implement this option beyond the test group.