Twitter has introduced an “Alpha” testing phase for the development of its Twitter app for the Android platform. This will allow interested testers to get in early to provide feedback and collaborate with the Twitter app developers. The Alpha Program [No Longer Available] is a precursor to the beta phase which was launched in August as the Android Experiment Program. The app testers were organized on a Google Group. The alpha tester program will be selectively open to a limited set of people. Users who already are a part of the Android Experiment Program could get the first call.
The number of actual testers required by Twitter hasn’t been specified in the announcement post. The forum set up for the Alpha program will be open for viewing to the entire Android Experiment Program participants even if they are not part of the alpha test team. Significantly, Twitter says –
We may show you confidential, yet to be released products or features and you must be willing to keep those secret.
This indicates that the alpha testers will be far more involved in the development of the Twitter app and they should be in a unique position to determine the outcome of Twitter’s efforts to design a noteworthy app. The Twitter for Android Experiment Alpha Program is completely voluntary and there’s no compensation involved. There are other terms and conditions which you can read through on the Twitter Help Center post.
Are you interested in making the Twitter Android app a better product for all of us? Has Twitter made a good move by calling on early testers?