A new feature that lets you save some of your friend’s tweets for later is now being tested by Twitter. Called Bookmarks, the new feature according to staff product designer Tina Koyama, will enable you to bookmark tweets, but only you can see them.
Koyama in a statement per The Verge, said:
“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.”
Koyama’s tweet is only a confirmation of an earlier report published by Buzz Feed last month. Twitter’s head of product Keith Coleman also posted a tweet on the upcoming feature in October, claiming that the tool has been hot in demand. What this means is that heavy readers like myself will be able to bookmark tweets in a dedicated section to be read later. It’s a really exciting addition if it does get the green light at the end of the day. Imaging not having to dig for tweets that excited me while reading them.
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…”
Is Twitter about to ditch the ‘Like’ button? No word on that yet, but even if the Like button has a similar ability as the Bookmarks tool being tested, nothing suggests it’s going to be dumped. The bookmarking option sort of serves as the icing on the cake. With a bookmarking button, you now have an easier way to add your favorite tweets to the list of ones to be read later. Besides, the Like button is there to express how you feel about a particular tweet.
Koyama gave no hint as to when the Bookmarks tool will be available for all, but I guess we won’t have to wait for too long to start using it.
In apparent move to encourage engagement and give users more opportunities to express themselves in words, Twitter a couple of weeks ago official expanded its 140-character limit to 280-characters.
Twitter said it is “tweeting made easier,” according to the heading of the post announcing the expansion on its official blog. While the new 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.