Twitter is testing a new feature called “Bookmarks” that will help its 330 million monthly active users privately flag tweets for viewing them at ease when they have time. Back in October, the micro-blogging platform had announced that it was developing a bookmarking feature to save tweets.
Keith Coleman, Head of Product, had tweeted that the new feature #SaveForLater was in the works in October, noting that bookmarking has been a top request from users on the social-networking site. Presently, if you do want to save a tweet, the only workaround is to hit the like button as a way to save a tweet. However, your liked tweets appears publicly on your profile and timeline (and sometimes your followers’ timelines) and also notifies the person who posted the tweet.
The bookmark feature will help users keep a separate list of items they want to refer back to, instead of using the heart (aka “favourite”) button, which is often mistaken to be more of a “like”-- similar to the “thumbs up” button on Facebook.
According to reports the new feature may appear in a menu in the bottom right corner of a Tweet on smartphones. Jesar Shah from Twitter said the feature was popularly requested by users, adding that many people, “especially in Japan”, had asked for this ability.
According to TechCrunch, Twitter is still grappling with moderating the kind of content that is pushed through its platform — Twitter’s cheer for free speech abused with harassment, fake news passed as facts, among other problems — features like Bookmarks are aiming at another challenge: promoting more growth and engagement among its users.