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Twitter privacy concepts tease check-ins, tweet prompts, and snoop alerts

Twitter has been very transparent about some of the concepts it is considering behind closed doors, the latest batch of which revolve around the issue of privacy. Though none of these concepts are features (yet), they do reveal the kind of perspective Twitter is taking when it approaches this topic, including the best ways it can accommodate the varying needs of its users.

The newly revealed concepts come from Twitter designer Lena Emara who explains the potential use cases for each idea. Emara notes that while privacy is an important aspect of the platform for all Twitter users, different people have different needs. These are “very early concepts” at this time and Emara notes they aren’t being built at this time.

Multiple concepts are presented, including a simple reminder for those times you have your account protected, simplified account switching that makes it easier to see which account you’re tweeting from, a check-in feature that groups various privacy options into ‘sets,’ as well as the ability to see when someone searches for your username and to remove this discoverability option.

One concept image shows how the potential feature could be used to limit abuse on the platform. For example, a user would (assuming the concept ever became reality) get an alert when Twitter locks accounts that had searched for that user’s handle. The prompt would include the option to limit negative interactions by turning off the ability to find your account in search or to prevent your account from appearing under “Who to Follow.”

Ultimately, each idea is just that — an idea that isn’t in the pipeline to become an actual Twitter feature at this time. However, feedback from the public related to these concepts may help shape them over time, guiding the eventual launch of similar features that’ll improve the experience for everyone.

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Twitter’s subscription service may cost $2.99 a month and have an ‘undo tweet’ feature

Twitter’s upcoming subscription service may cost $2.99 per month and include an “undo tweet” button and “Collections” feature, according to app researcher Jane Manchun Wong.

Wong, who’s renowned for finding hidden app features before they’re released, tweeted a screenshot of the platform, tentatively titled Twitter Blue.

She said the company is also working on a tiered subscription model, which could give higher-paying users access to extra features, such as a “clutter-free news reading experience.”

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Th Undo Tweet button would function in a similar way to Gmail’s “Undo Send” timer, giving users a brief window of time in which they can recall a tweet before it’s posted. Wong first revealed that Twitter was working on the feature back in March.

It’s not quite the edit button Twitter users have been demanding for years, but it may be the closest we get to it for the foreseeable future.

The Collections feature, meanwhile, would allow users to save and organize their favorite tweets so that they’re easier to find.

I wouldn’t part with my hard-earned cash for those two tools alone, but Wong expects that the feature set — and pricing — could change before the launch.

Just don’t expect the finished product to include an edit button. Twitter boss Jack Dorsey said last year that the company will “probably never do it.”

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Google leaks its Pixel Buds A-Series earbuds again, this time in a tweet

The rumored and now essentially confirmed — though still unannounced — Pixel Buds A-Series true wireless earbuds have been leaked by none other than Google itself…again. This time around, the product was the subject of a tweet that apparently went live earlier than planned, one that was quickly deleted, but not soon enough to prevent the news from spreading.

Google has not officially announced its Pixel Buds A-Series product, but it has confirmed that they exist. First surfaced the rumors about the model, then Google later tipped off consumers in early April with an email about Google Nest products — and that email included an image of the previously leaked Pixel Buds A.

This second accidental leak is far more substantial, however, leaving no doubt we’ll soon see a likely cheaper version of its true wireless earbuds featuring the same ‘A’ designation used to signify its more affordable Pixel smartphones.

The leak took place on the official Android Twitter account, as spied by 9to5Google; it included an image of the Pixel Buds A-Series in white, as well as an announcement that the new earbuds ‘have arrived.’ According to the tweet, the Pixel Buds A-Series will feature an updated Fast Pair ‘experience’ with one-tap Bluetooth pairing.

The tweet, which was quickly deleted, likewise reveals that the new model will support Android 6.0 and later, but that’s the extent of the official confirmation. Sadly, we still don’t know the full specs for these earbuds or the price, but given the ‘A’ designation, it seems reasonable to assume they’ll be cheaper than the $179 Pixel Buds.

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