Twitter is testing little profile icons that show up in replies

No, the tiny microphone icon doesn't mean you're a pop star.

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Twitter's running a new test to make it easier to follow conversations. 

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Twitter wants it to be easier for you to follow and join conversations on its platform. Part of that apparently is adding small icons to users' profile pictures in replies. Twitter on Thursday said it's testing icons instead of labels within replies.

The icons appear toward the bottom right of users' profile pictures in replies. Twitter is testing three icons: a small microphone for replies from the author of the original tweet in a conversation, an @ symbol for replies by users who were mentioned in the original tweet, and a person with a check for replies by users the viewer is following. Twitter previously tested labels on replies for author, mentioned and following.

A Twitter spokesperson said a small percentage of users globally will be seeing the test.

Twitter has been working to make its site easier to navigate. On Monday, the company started rolling out a redesigned look for its desktop site that includes more white space and that moves tabs for Home, Moments, Notifications and Direct Messages to the left rail. Twitter also tweaked direct messages so users can see conversation threads from other users and send messages from the same page instead of having to switch to another screen.

Originally published July 18 at 1:22 p.m. PT.
Update, 2:25 p.m. PT: Adds more information from Twitter.

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