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Finally, Twitter launches its “While You Were Away” feature on Android

A month after
launching on iOS, Twitter’s “While You Were Away” feature is finally available
for Android users, reports
TechCrunch.

A month after
launching on iOS, Twitter’s “While You Were Away” feature is finally available
for Android users, reports
TechCrunch.

How it works is
that, instead of showing users all the tweets they missed in reverse
chronological order, the “While You Were Away” feature surfaces the “best
tweets” based on user engagement. When users open the Twitter app, it is the
first thing they see in their main Twitter feed. It is a boon for those users
who do not want to scroll through a bunch of notifications to see fresh tweets.

According to the
report, many users dislike the feature because they feel that it clutters their
feed and forces them to scroll through stale content picked by an algorithm.

However, popular
micro-blogging service Twitter said in a blog post that recaps will pop up more
often for users who check the app only once in a while. According to TechCrunch’s
Anthony Ha, “If Twitter manages to tap into a new demographic of casual users,
it might help with the perennially slow growth of its core user base, a
constant source of anxiety for shareholders.”

 

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