Friday, 15 December, 2017

Twitter testing a feature that shows how many are 'talking about' tweets

A new Twitter feature called Bookmarks will allow users to view certain tweets at their convenience Twitter to add a 'save for later' feature called Bookmarks
Cecilia Poole | 25 November, 2017, 01:01

To recall, Twitter had announced in October that it is developing a bookmarking feature to save tweets.

A emphasis on privacy was a crucial aspect of user feedback, according to Koyama: "You told us that you want tweets you've bookmarked to be private, so only you can see it". She said the team spent a lot of time figuring out how the feature would work in practice: "We went through all the designed flows and picked the ones that are the easiest to navigate to test out with our community".

A staff product designer showed what the feature could look like, with a bookmarks option on the navigation menu on the mobile site. "In a demo that Twitter demonstrated last month, the user pressed the "." icon and clicked on 'add to bookmarks.' That saved the tweet until the user was ready to read it. Further, the feature will help users keep a separate list of items they want to refer back to, instead of using the heart (aka "favorite") button, which can indicate more of a "like" - similar to the "thumbs up" button on Facebook, TechCrunch.com had reported.

The social media platform has not commented about the feature besides tweeting some of the details about it.

'Fresh out of HackWeek and coming soon - a new way to save tweets to read later.

It's an interesting reframe of social metrics that might not be that familiar or intuitive to audiences not stepped in Twitter as everyday users - retweets and replies involve a bit more mental gymnastics to grasp than a simple and direct expression of how many people are engaging with the material.

There is the option to "like" tweets, but this can be an awkward way to save something you're interested in reading later.

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