Twitter is coming up with a “Save for Later” or Bookmarking feature to allow users to save tweets for reading later. The micro-blogging site that is experimenting with the increased character limit, said users have been waiting for this feature for a long time.
Twitter’s product head, Keith Coleman, announced the new feature, saying “Fresh out of HackWeek and coming soon — a new way to save tweets to read later. Been a top request. The team would love your feedback as they dial in the design! #SaveForLater.”
Further, Twitter product manager, Jesar Shah, noted that the Bookmarking feature has been in demand, especially in Japan. The country is growing as an important market for Twitter, and now, is its second biggest market after the U.S.
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Shah noted that currently there are many ways that people save tweets such as bookmarking it with a heart and even retweeting it. However, none of these methods would work better than a dedicated button to save a tweet. One could argue that clicking the heart icon is a quick way to save the tweet. However, it could be misinterpreted, as a heart represents a positive emotion about something.
The Twitter Bookmarking feature is still in the works, and according to Shah, the company is waiting for feedback from the users to make the new feature even better. The team will be monitoring the #SaveForLater hashtag. The Twitter Bookmark feature is represented by a three-dot symbol present below every tweet besides the retweet and the heart option. A tweet will be bookmarked as soon as the user clicks on the button.
As of now, there is no information about when the Twitter Bookmarking feature will be publicly available, or who will be able to test it. A Twitter spokesperson, however, confirmed to TechCrunch that the feature is not just an experiment, and will surely be available publicly.
Twitter has been experimenting and adding features lately to keep itself relevant among the users. The company is currently experimenting with the word limit by increasing it to 280 characters. The proposal to increase the word limit has met with opposition from the die-hard fans, but for a long time, users have been demanding the freedom to express the way they want.
Such features, however, may not be enough to keep the platform relevant at a time when rivals such as Facebook and Instagram are way ahead when it comes to user base and revenue. With falling revenue and rising political debate over the fragility of social networking sites, Twitter surely has too much on its plate to manage.
Just like Facebook, Twitter has also been mired by the Russian election meddling controversy. The United States lawmakers have insisted that these social media networking sites should find out a way to curb foreign operatives from spreading their propaganda in the United States. Twitter and Facebook representatives are expected to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Nov. 1 to detail their efforts in handling such situations.
On Monday, Twitter shares closed down 1.01% at $17.67. Year to date, the stock is up over 8%, while in the last one-year, it is down almost 11%.