Labs are in season it seems. Google popularised the feature with Gmail labs, recently followed by Facebook Prototypes. Both provide a way for the sites to beta-test new features before introducing them officially to their respective communities.
Today Britt Selvitelle, Twitter’s user experience and front end engineering lead, confirmed Twitter would soon launch Twitter Labs.
Twitter Labs would allow developers to create add-ons and other features for the site. Developers have been developing for Twitter for some time via the API of course, but the new area would ensure the most popular of lab features see deep integration with Twitter.com itself.
Selvitelle announced the project at the Future of Web Apps conference in London. Let’s hope the move makes retracting tweets as easy as Gmail’s undo send.