Fresh from expanding its 140-character limit for tweets to 240, Twitter still has its eyes fixed on keeping things rather short. This time, however, the microblogging outfit is rolling out a video sharing feature that lets you share what matters from those lengthy videos. Called Timestamps, the new feature is already live, and confirms Twitter’s renewed interest in breaking news and sharing information online.
“Sometimes, we want to draw attention to the specific moment in a live video that made us think, surprised us, or made us laugh. Previously, we could only Tweet an entire live video, which made it difficult to discuss what matters most. We saw people Tweeting with the specific time in the video directing us to the part they wanted us to watch,” Product Manager Mike Folgner said in a blog post.
With Timestamps, anyone can tweet a live or replay video right from the exact moment they want to discuss. It is easy to share Timestamps—simply tap to share a live video and you are done. You can also slide back to the exact time you want to your audience to watch. You can also add your thoughts and let the world know about it.
Those who see your tweet will start watching at the time within the video you shared. Your audience can skip to what is happening by tapping “live” if the video is still live. Timestamps is available to everyone, including publishers and other users of the microblogging platform.
Timestamp is available across all platforms including mobile, web and Periscope. The feature has already been rolled out, and you can update to the latest version of the app either on iOS or Android.
Still on Twitter, the company 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.”
Prior to that launch, 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.