“Twitter is rolling out View Count so you can see how many times a tweet has been viewed! This is normal for video.”
Updated – 13:16, Friday – 23 December 22
Washington: Taking a cue from social media platforms like YouTube, Twitter has begun rolling out tweet view counts, a feature that shows how many people have seen a particular tweet.
Announcing the new feature in a tweet, Elon Musk wrote: “Twitter is rolling out View Count so you can see how many times a tweet has been viewed! This is normal for video.” It shows because 90 percent of Twitter users read it, but they haven’t tweeted, replied or liked it, because these are public actions,” he added.
Twitter is rolling out View Count so you can see how many times a tweet has been viewed! This is normal for video.
Twitter shows that it is much more alive than it seems, as more than 90% of Twitter users read, but do not tweet, reply or dislike, as these are public actions.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 22, 2022
The Verge, an American tech website, has reported that within the app, users can now see view counters along with the number of comments, retweets and likes.
However, not all tweets will have an audience count, according to a Twitter FAQ. Exceptions include community tweets, Twitter Circle tweets, and “older” tweets for which data is no longer available.
As for what counts as a view, it seems any time your tweet appears on someone’s screen, even if it’s your own, according to The Verge.
Twitter says: “Anyone who sees your tweet counts as a view, regardless of where they see your tweet (such as Home, Search, Profiles, Tweets embedded in articles, etc.) or follow you. An author can also view their tweet. it serves as a perspective from which he looks.” Also, viewing a tweet online and then viewing it on a phone would count as two separate views. Also, these views will be visible to everyone, not just the account owner.
The feature was announced by Musk on December 1st and the billionaire then implied that he was trying to make text and image posts on the platform as video posts that already had public views.
According to The Verge, he also said that it’s meant to show how “alive” the platform is and that seeing replies and likes doesn’t give the whole picture.