We might be looking at another big competitor to Snapchat’s Discover as Twitter is reportedly working on a feature that will focus on photos and videos tied to specific events, CNBC reports.
Details are a bit sketchy at the moment, and there is nothing to suggest that the feature will be eventually launched by the microblogging company anytime soon. The feature, however, is aimed at encouraging users to share more photos and videos that have to do with news that break via the Twitter platform.
If eventually launched, the feature will compete with Snapchat’s Discover and Maps. Twitter is already known as a place where people go for information and share breaking news as they happen.
Snapchat may not have much to worry this time around as Twitter doesn’t pose as much threat to its Discover feature as say Facebook or even its biggest rival Instagram. Moreover, it is still pretty much a work in progress and nothing is official as at this moment.
For Twitter, it is a good way to try and see if it can retain and also attract more users to its platform. I guess we all have to keep our fingers crossed and see what comes out of this.
Talking about new features, Twitter recently launched its Bookmarks tool. 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, and also available to all Twitter Lite users.
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.