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Twitter is actively testing a new feature that will let you save tweets for later. In a fit of creative genius Twitter has called this feature “Bookmarks”, but regardless of how unoriginal it is, this could be a useful tool for Twitter users. Almost as useful as the Mute button, in fact.
Twitter is strange. Some people don’t understand it, and most that do don’t want anything to do with it. And some users experience harassment that soils the whole experience. Still, Twitter CAN be enjoyable, and some tweets are worth saving. If only Twitter actually offered such a feature…
A Big Solution to a Small Problem
In October, Twitter’s developers started working on a bookmarking feature that would let you save tweets for future reference. This was in response to growing demand for such a feature, as currently users are forced to either Like a tweet or DM it to themselves in order to save it.
Now, those same developers have turned their prototype into a working feature, and is actively testing it out. Called simply Bookmarks, the feature will let you save any and all tweets you deem worthy of saving for later. And they will all be added to a private tab only you can see.
News from the #SaveForLater team! We’ve decided to call our feature Bookmarks because that's a commonly used term for saving content and it fits nicely alongside the names of the other features in the navigation. pic.twitter.com/cQ0X1PHlsR
— Tina ???? (@tinastsh) November 22, 2017
The process of saving a tweet for later looks as simple as any other action on Twitter. You’ll simply click on the bottom corner of a tweet, and click the Add to Bookmarks option that appears. To see your bookmarked tweets you’ll just navigate to the appropriate tab marked Bookmarks.
Making your list of bookmarked tweets private is a good step. Because Liking a tweet notifies the person who wrote it, and puts it on your timeline. Which, if you’re bookmarking a tweet for negative reasons, isn’t ideal. This offers an actual, usable, solution to the problem.
The Power to Save Tweets for Later
There’s no word yet on when Twitter will roll its new Bookmarks feature out across the service. It may be that testing throws up some unexpected complications which need fixing first. Still, if the developers get their way, we will all have the power to save tweets for later before too long.
Are you on Twitter? If so, what do you think of it as a whole? Have you had a positive experience? Or have you experienced harassment? Would you use this Bookmarks feature? How do you save tweets for future reference at the moment? Please let us know in the comments below!