Last year Twitter announced that they planned to introduce a bookmarking feature in which users could privately save tweets. The feature shortly after went into private testing, but now a report from 9to5Google has revealed that the “Bookmarks” feature was spotted in the latest beta for Twitter’s Android app.
In terms of what it can do, the name pretty much says it all. Users will be able to “Bookmark” tweets, which basically keeps a private copy for the user where they can then read it later at their own leisure. This is better than current methods of “saving”, where users have to either retweet or like the tweet in order to “save” it, but as 9to5Google points out, this is a less than ideal situation since sometimes users don’t want others to know the tweets that they save, and liking/retweeting is a pretty public way of announcing it.
It is unclear as to how long these bookmarked tweets can be kept. For example if the original tweet were to be deleted, would the user still keep a copy? Presumably that won’t be the case, but since the feature is in beta there are still aspects that have yet to be discovered. That being said, the fact that it is now present in the Android beta seems to hint that it could be released to the public soon, so we’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for it.