Twitter is developing a “save for later” feature.
The new tool will arrive at some point in the future, as reported by BuzzFeed. Keith Coleman, the company’s head of product, announced it in a tweet, noting users are often request a way to bookmark tweets. Such a feature would allow them to scroll through Twitter, then save a tweet, and return later to read it. Currently, users often have to use the “like” button or direct-message tweets to save them.
✨????????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 ???? https://t.co/6oo2lhqFbW— Keith Coleman ???????????? (@kcoleman) October 10, 2017
It might sound like a simple change to add a "save for later" option to Twitter, but it would have a real and noticeable affect on users who don't always have time to read entire stories that have been tweeted out or even mega-threads that consist of hundreds of tweets (yes, there are people who tweet that much in one sitting; bless their hearts). You could even use the feature to save a video to watch later.
Twitter product manager Jesar Shah showed an early demo of what the bookmarking feature might look like when it does officially launch. Mind you, Twitter is not known for changing how it does things. It treads lightly, to say the least, when it comes to rolling out new features. For the most part, the service is almost identical to how it looked and operated when it launched years ago.
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. https://t.co/iQ9W9mB1uV— jesar ???? (@jesarshah) October 9, 2017
That said, it did just roll out 280-character tweets, which, of course, users either hate or love. Unlike that drastic tweak, however, we think a "save for later" function would be wholly embraced by all.