Twitter has said that it is working on bookmarking feature, overcoming one of the complaints users have about the micro-blogging service. Twitter users currently have the option of liking tweets, but this means running the risk of influencing the algorithms that control what appears in your timeline — and perhaps making it appear as though you like something you actually disagree with, or result in you publicly liking something you’d rather keep private.
The company’s head of product, Keith Coleman, made the new bookmarking revelation on Twitter, saying it is a frequently requested feature. The new ‘read it later’ option came out of Twitter’s HackWeek, and while no launch date has been announced, it is coming “soon” and an early design has been previewed.
Coleman was not alone in tweeting about the upcoming feature, which it appears there is a particular demand for from Japanese users. Twitter has not put out an official statement about the feature, but many of its employees are tweeting about the “save for later” prototype that was developed during HackWeek — hence the #SaveForLater hashtag you may well see trending.
Senior director of product Sriram Krishnan also shared the news:
The news was further confirmed by product manager Jesar Shah who also shared a video that shows off a prototype of the feature:
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://twitter.com/i/moments/917475191323746304 …
Twitter says that it is looking for feedback from people and invites users to follow Shah for further updates, and to tweet with the #SaveForLater hashtag to get involved.