Twitter Previews New Bookmarks UI, Making the Functionality Easier to Access
Twitter certain appears to have a whole lot of updates and tweaks coming over the subsequent few weeks – no less than in accordance to Elon Musk’s tweets.
Considered one of Musk’s new favourite Twitter features, which he just seems to have discovered, is bookmarks, and utilizing bookmarks as a method to tag a tweet that you could be be thinking about, however don’t essentially need to ‘Like’.
Twitter has a bookmark perform accessible by means of share button on tweet.
To learn bookmarks, faucet profile icon.
This obscure UI will likely be fastened in Jan.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 31, 2022
As a result of ‘Like’ shouldn’t be at all times the proper flag – I would, for instance, need to tag a tweet from Elon himself for an article at a later stage, however possibly I don’t ‘Like’ it, as such. Bookmarks are personal, and you’ll tag something for later reference – however as Elon says, possibly the performance is simply too hidden, lowering its utilization.
With this in thoughts, Twitter’s creating a new approach to the bookmarks display, which might carry the performance upfront.
As you may see right here, in the prime proper of the tweet element show, chances are you’ll quickly have a brand new bookmark choice, making it simpler to rapidly tag and save a tweet for later studying.
Which is sweet, I assume, and it might assist to get extra folks bookmarking extra issues.
Will which have any actual impression on tweet engagement? In all probability not, however Elon appears to be of the perception that bookmarks – like Community Notes and verification ticks – are literally way more invaluable than you or I notice.
Although I might argue that the majority energetic Twitter customers are conscious of the bookmarks perform, or they’ve their very own course of for flagging tweets. Nonetheless, possibly it’s an underused choice, and possibly, by making it extra current, that may certainly get extra folks bookmarking extra issues, and deepen their engagement in the app.
And if it doesn’t, and other people don’t use it, no actual impression, apart from growth workload on Twitter’s finish.
Elon additionally appears to have broader plans for the use of bookmarks, and what they may imply, by way of tweet metrics.
Public likes & personal likes (aka bookmarks) ought to each be included in like rely.
Bookmark button must be on essential tweet view.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 5, 2023
I imply, that in all probability runs counter to the entire level of including bookmarks on the essential tweet, in its place to Likes. However possibly it’s simply that they’re personal that’s the true worth, and incorporating bookmark stats into Likes really makes some sense.
General, I doubt any change to the presentation or measurement of bookmarks can have any main impression on Twitter engagement, but it surely may very well be a useful choice to have extra instantly out there in the UI, and that might get extra folks gleaning extra worth from their tweet expertise.
And it might additionally function a helpful instrument for advertisers, particularly if Twitter seems to push into procuring, with product listings inside tweets. Perhaps, by making it simpler to save gadgets to a personal record, that might even have implications for future product engagement in the app.
As famous, this is only one of a number of function updates that Musk has dedicated to rolling out this month.
As per Elon’s tweets, all through January, Twitter will likely be including:
- The choice to side-swipe between algorithmic and real-time tweet feed
- New explanations as to why an account has been suspended
- Up to date view rely show
- Bookmarks added to essential UI
Elon’s trying to enhance the charge of implementation, as a part of his ‘hardcore’ engineering strategy – however up to now, as we’ve seen with Twitter Blue and different tweaks and adjustments, that fast deployment strategy hasn’t at all times labored out the greatest.
However this, apparently, is Elon’s approach, and while you spend $44 billion on an app, you get to run it the way you need.
It’ll be attention-grabbing to see how every of those adjustments impacts Twitter utilization, and whether or not, cumulatively, they assist to shift the needle on its key metrics.