Big news coming from Twitter this week. On the heels of the 280 character expansion test, Twitter announced plans to add a bookmarking feature for tweets per product manager Keith Coleman.
✨🌳🍉Fresh out of HackWeek and coming soon — a new way to save tweets to read later. Been a top request (❤️🇯🇵!) The team would love your feedback as they dial in the design! #SaveForLater 👇 https://t.co/6oo2lhqFbW
— Keith Coleman 🌱😀🙌 (@kcoleman) October 10, 2017
Right now, the Like feature (formerly Favorites) is the only way to mark a tweet you’d like to come back to later. With the new Save for Later feature, you will be able to bookmark tweets separate from tweets you’ve liked.
Why This Distinction Matters
For one, if you’re anything like me, you tend to be loose and fast with your likes. It’s great to show people appreciation and that you like their tweets. But if you like something with the intention of coming back to it later, there’s a lot of tweets to sort through before you’ll find it again.
But there are also issues with the new Twitter algorithm that make this feature necessary.
As you may have noticed, when a user likes a tweet it can show up in your timeline, like so:
So, if you like a tweet you just want to review later, it can show up in someone else’s timeline that you’ve liked it. For tweets you just want to come back to later but don’t necessarily agree with or endorse, that’s problematic.
Also, Twitter’s new algorithm uses the data from tweets you’ve liked as an indicator of what content they should serve up in your timeline as well as suggested accounts to follow.
When released, the new bookmarking feature will solve both problems.
It’s no edit tweet feature, but it is something many Twitter users have been asking for as evidenced in this Twitter moment from product manager Jesar Shah.
Hi Twitter! Many of you (especially in Japan!) have said you’d like to be able to easily + privately save Tweets for later. Right now, people bookmark Tweets by liking, DM-ing to themselves, or Retweeting. But this could be easier. https://t.co/iQ9W9mB1uV
— jesar 💭 (@jesarshah) October 9, 2017
So, what do you think about this coming-soon bookmarking update? We’d love to hear about it in the comments section below.