Twitter is looking for ways to keep up with its rivals such as Facebook by introducing new features. The micro-blogging started rolling out a new feature to Android users that helps users keep a tab on all important tweets, even while you are away.
This feature was originally introduced on iOS platform last month and now Twitter is expanding its availability to the largest mobile ecosystem.
With this new feature, users can stay up to date with everything that's going around the world. The recaps shown on Twitter will be marked with "While you were away" on the top of the timeline as the user opens the app. The company first started testing the feature last fall by showing all missed tweets atop, but it misinterpreted the whole concept of showing real-time tweets to users. Then Twitter repaired it by showing the "best tweets" based on user engagement.
"Our goal is to help you keep up – or catch up – with your world, no matter how much time you spend on Twitter," Twitter product manager Paul Rosania wrote. "With a few improvements to the home timeline we think we can do a better job of delivering on that promise without compromising the real time nature of Twitter."
The new Recap feature has received mixed reactions from its users. According to TechCrunch, most users complained about having to scroll through all the stale content before getting the real-time tweets, which is main reason why people turn to Twitter. But the feature only works when users have spent some time away from the site, which will not be the case for users who are always connected to the social media on web and mobile.
On the other hand, the feature can be helpful to those who do not check their feeds regularly. This way, users will get to go through all the tweets they missed while they were away.
The updated Twitter app can be downloaded for free from Google Play Store.