Twitter is testing Bookmarks, a characteristic to privately flag Tweets for later

    Final month, Twitter started work on a brand new “save for later” characteristic for Tweets in your timeline that you just needed to flag to refer again to sooner or later. Now it’s given the characteristic a reputation — will probably be known as Bookmarks — and is operating assessments with it.

    The information was made public final night time in a sequence of Tweets from Tina Koyama, a employees product designer on the firm, who said that the corporate has picked out completely different variations of how Bookmarks will look and work and will now test them within the Twitter neighborhood.

    Twitter declined to remark past the Tweets. “We’ll remember to let you realize if/when we have now extra particulars to share when it comes to a proper announcement!” the spokesperson added.

    Judging by what Twitter has been displaying off thus far, the bookmarking instrument might appear in a menu within the backside proper nook of a Tweet on cell, or within the v-drop-down menu within the upper-right nook on desktop. It’ll dwell alongside different additional actions like sending a Tweet in a direct message to somebody or making a Second (Twitter’s identify for if you string collectively a sequence of current Tweets round a topic).

    If in case you have an eye fixed for blurry element, you could possibly make out extra of the stream here:

    Bookmarks which have been saved can then be accessed through your profile web page, the place you additionally entry any Lists and Moments.

    (Get in contact in the event you discover you’re part of that check, and tell us in the event you’re seeing one thing else.)

    As we speak, you may already use Twitter’s Coronary heart as a method of notating Tweets that you just would possibly wish to return to learn once more later.

    However, really, the principle perform of the center is to inform the sender of the Tweet (and anybody else studying it) that you just appreciated it. So the Bookmark will probably be helpful in circumstances the place you could need to hold that info to your self.

    “You advised us that you really want Tweets you’ve bookmarked to be non-public, so solely you may see it,” Koyama writes. “We stored this in thoughts whereas creating designs for the characteristic.” Whereas the Bookmarks will probably be saved privately, Twitter will provide you with the choice for sharing them in a Tweet later, in the event you so select.

    And as we’ve talked about earlier than, there quite a lot of different methods of saving Tweets for later reference, together with sending your self direct messages, retweeting in order that they dwell in your profile’s timeline, opening them in different tabs, saving them to a note-taking app, utilizing Instapaper and extra.

    However all of those are extra steps, much less non-public, and can by no means be as straightforward as merely hitting a button inside the Tweet itself.

    Having a bookmarking instrument in Twitter is a helpful characteristic, particularly contemplating that timelines can transfer shortly. Brief (or not so short) Tweets are sometimes vessels for hyperlinks, which you will not in any other case have the ability to monitor and keep in mind.

    Twitter, like quite a lot of different social media, is seen by many as a distraction, however this could possibly be one little solution to not less than make it a bit extra productive. It’s additionally, in a method, desk stakes for a social web site: each Fb and Pinterest allow you to save hyperlinks and posts on its platform, and have executed for a few years now.

    Bookmarks comes at a time when Twitter has been engaged on a sequence of adjustments to assist the essential platform increase past the restrictions that have been baked into it from the beginning.

    They embody two options aimed to attempting to make it simpler to suit extra phrases (and extra pontifications, jokes, tales and so forth) into your Tweeting life. Twitter has doubled the number of characters that you could have in a tweet to 280 from 140, and it’s now operating assessments to let individuals create “tweetstorms” to string collectively a number of of their very own Tweets right into a thread.

    At a time when the corporate continues to be grappling with how greatest to average the type of content material pushed by means of its platform — Twitter’s cheer free of charge speech abused with harassment, faux information handed as details, amongst different issues — options like Bookmarks are aiming at one other problem: selling extra development and engagement amongst its customers.

    (The 2 challenges really go hand-in-hand, in my view. For those who don’t nail the content material downside, it gained’t matter if Twitter is less complicated to make use of as a result of it should devolve right into a cesspool. For those who don’t nail the consumer expertise downside, it should restrict the way in which not simply dangerous but additionally good content material will get consumed.)

    As of final quarter, the corporate had 330 million monthly active users. That’s up about 4 p.c on a 12 months in the past however comes amid many quarters of flat and even declining development. Including in additional options like Bookmarks will make Twitter extra helpful, and doubtlessly extra used — hopefully with out bloating it an excessive amount of within the course of.

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