Twitter has introduced a beta program for Android users back in August, users who join this group will get access to the features early. The beta program has seen lot of changes in the few months the program is live, twitter is iterating the UI to beta testers quite frequently. Facebook introduced a beta program for Android users in June this year and later introduced an alpha test.
Twitter has now taken the Android experiment a bit further, it started an alpha test experiment where a select group of beta users will get an even early peak of the changes to the Twitter for Android app. Users who are already in the beta program are allowed in this alpha testing program. Twitter is already sending invitations for users to join the program according to reports.
The alpha test will bring the very early features of the app, that means the app might be buggy and may crash often. If you are an early adopter and want to see the latest features in advance you can enroll for it, the invitations are for first-come first-served basis it seems. But if you don’t like frequent hangs or occasional crashes you should stay away from this. This is the link for the group if you are interested in joining the program.
A posting in the Twitter Android Google group reads “Based on your feedback and the success of the Twitter for Android Experiment Program, we’re introducing an Android Alpha Program as well. The Alpha Program will include earlier iterations of experiments, and also will give you an opportunity to provide direct feedback and collaborate with us via a forum, so you can take a more active role in testing out bugs.”