Twitter has officially added its Bookmarks feature—and is now available to every user on the platform. Twitter product designer Tina Koyama said last November that the feature will enable you to bookmark tweets that you only can see.
“We went through all the designed flows and picked the ones that are the easiest to navigate to test out with our community,” Koyama said in a tweet. “You told us that you want tweets you’ve bookmarked to be private, so only you can see it. We kept this in mind while creating designs for the feature.”
Until now, the only way to save a tweet for later was to use the “Like” button, which saves the tweet in your profile. Not many fancied that method because it is more like you are endorsing a tweet even when you are actually not. The new Bookmarks feature is the way to go for me since all bookmarks remain private and can only be seen by you.
To bookmark a tweet that you like to read later, simply tap the new share icon beneath a tweet. The new Bookmarks icon is located the same place where the DM icon used to be.
The new Twitter Bookmarks feature is available across Twitter for Android and iOS. The feature is also available to all Twitter Lite users from today.
Also, Twitter added a new “Share” option to tweets to replace the envelope icon. The envelope icon was previously used for sharing via DMs. The new Share option now includes sharing via DMs, saving tweets to Moments, and sharing via third-party apps. The newly added Bookmarks option will also be found in this menu.
Buzz Feed had last October reported that the microblogging company was planning to add a Bookmarks feature. Twitter’s head of product Keith Coleman also posted a tweet on the upcoming feature that same month, claiming that the tool was hot in demand. What that meant was that heavy readers like myself will be able to bookmark tweets in a dedicated section to be read later.
Product manager Jesar Shah also tweeted about the upcoming feature when she emphasized its usefulness:
“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…”
Twitter official expanded its 140-character limit to 280-characters sometimes last year. The microblogging company said it is “tweeting made easier,” according to the heading of the post announcing the expansion on its official blog. While the 280-character limit could offer a bigger opportunity to say more than a few words in one tweet, it certainly could make conversation boring. It would sort of reduce or kill creativity and ability to be direct in your tweets; but of course, that’s just my opinion.