Twitter is in the process of testing a new feature called ‘Bookmarks’. Like Facebook’s new ‘save’ function, the feature will allow Twitter’s 330 million monthly active users to privately flag tweets for later viewing.
Late Thursday, Tina Koyama, a Staff Product designer at Twitter, tweeted that “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.”
Twitter’s Head of Product Keith Coleman tweeted in October that bookmarking has been a top request from Tweeter users.
Currently, the only way to save a tweet is to hit the like button; but since this is not a special tweet-saving function, the liked tweets appear publicly on your profile and notifies the person who originally posted the tweet.
“We went through all the designed flows and picked the ones that are the easiest to navigate to test out with our community,” she tweeted. “You told us that you want tweets you’ve bookmarked to be private, so only you can see it. We kept this in mind while creating designs for the feature.” A previous demo shows how the bookmark function might work: users click a corner button of a tweet, a menu pops out, and an “add to Bookmarks” option appears.
In October, Twitter product manager Jesar Shah had said the feature was popularly requested by users, adding that many people asked for it, especially in Japan. The new feature will appear in a menu in the bottom right corner of a Tweet on smartphones.