Twitter positive appears to have a variety of updates and tweaks coming over the following few weeks – a minimum of based on Elon Musk’s tweets.
One in every 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 all in favour of, however don’t essentially wish to ‘Like’.
Twitter has a bookmark perform accessible by way of share button on tweet.
To learn bookmarks, faucet profile icon.
This obscure UI can be fastened in Jan.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 31, 2022
As a result of ‘Like’ will not be at all times the precise flag – I would, for instance, wish 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 non-public, and you’ll tag something for later reference – however as Elon says, possibly the performance is just too hidden, lowering its utilization.
With this in thoughts, Twitter’s growing a new approach to the bookmarks display, which might carry the performance upfront.
As you may see right here, within the high proper of the tweet element show, you might quickly have a brand new bookmark choice, making it simpler to shortly tag and save a tweet for later studying.
Which is sweet, I suppose, and it may 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 assumption that bookmarks – like Community Notes and verification ticks – are literally way more helpful 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 can certainly get extra folks bookmarking extra issues, and deepen their engagement within the app.
And if it doesn’t, and folks don’t use it, no actual impression, apart from improvement workload on Twitter’s finish.
Elon additionally appears to have broader plans for using bookmarks, and what they may imply, by way of tweet metrics.
Public likes & private likes (aka bookmarks) ought to each be included in like depend.
Bookmark button ought to be on primary tweet view.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 5, 2023
I imply, that most likely runs counter to the entire level of including bookmarks on the primary tweet, as a substitute for Likes. However possibly it’s simply that they’re non-public that’s the true worth, and incorporating bookmark stats into Likes truly makes some sense.
Total, I doubt any change to the presentation or measurement of bookmarks may have any main impression on Twitter engagement, nevertheless it may very well be a useful choice to have extra instantly accessible within the UI, and that would get extra folks gleaning extra worth from their tweet expertise.
And it may additionally function a helpful instrument for advertisers, particularly if Twitter seems to push into purchasing, with product listings inside tweets. Perhaps, by making it simpler to avoid wasting objects to a non-public checklist, that would even have implications for future product engagement within the app.
As famous, this is only one of a number of characteristic updates that Musk has dedicated to rolling out this month.
As per Elon’s tweets, all through January, Twitter can 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 depend show
- Bookmarks added to primary UI
Elon’s trying to increase the speed of implementation, as a part of his ‘hardcore’ engineering strategy – however to date, as we’ve seen with Twitter Blue and different tweaks and adjustments, that fast deployment strategy hasn’t at all times labored out the perfect.
However this, apparently, is Elon’s means, and whenever 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.