How To Use Twitter Bookmarks
It’s hard to say whether the creators of Twitter could have predicted what it would become. For many people, Twitter is much more than just a social media platform. Twitter is used as a way to keep up with current events and news, both globally and within small social circles. The sheer amount of content that users are being exposed to created the need for a function to save some of it for future use.
Enter Twitter Bookmarks, a feature that had been in testing for a long time before it was finally released on mobile devices in 2018. If you’re curious about what Bookmarks can do for you and how to use them both on mobile and desktops, read on.
There were always methods to save tweets for later access, but users often had to find clever ways to avoid doing so publicly. The Favorite button (shaped like a heart) can be used to save tweets by showing them in users’ “Likes” tab on their profile. Users also resorted to retweets and screenshots to save tweets. In many cases, though, these solutions aren’t ideal because they convey tacit approval of the tweet, something that isn’t always the intention.
An important factor in the decision process for Twitter is to maintain a level of simplicity in their product. Ease of use is an important point of difference. So, to address this popular user request, Twitter introduced Bookmarks. This allows users to archive tweets privately on their accounts.
Since its release, the feature has been very successful on mobile platforms. Bookmarks aren’t currently available on the desktop browser version of Twitter, but there’s an easy workaround for this, which you will read about below.
Creating a bookmark on a mobile device is very easy. Follow these steps:
- Launch the Twitter app on your device.
- When you’re ready to bookmark a tweet, tap the “Share” icon in the bottom right. This will open a menu.
- From the menu, tap “Add Tweet to Bookmarks” icon.
- Your bookmark is now saved. You can access your bookmarks by swiping right on the home screen and tapping on the “Bookmarks” option in the Profile menu.
That’s the entire process. This allows you to avoid the public nature of favoriting a tweet without having to resort to complicated procedures.
If the Bookmarks feature on mobile generates enough traction, it is very likely that it will be implemented in the desktop version of the site. As of right now, however, accessing Bookmarks on your desktop will require an extra step.
- Instead of accessing Twitter normally in your browser, you will have to access the mobile website at https://mobile.twitter.com/home. The mobile website is optimized for mobile devices but works just the same on desktops.
- When you find a tweet that you want to bookmark, you will see an “Outbox” icon in the bottom right. Click this icon to display a drop-down menu.
- From the menu, click on “Add Tweet to Bookmarks”
- To see your bookmarks, tap on “Bookmarks” on the menu list. You will find it on the left side of the screen on the mobile website.
Whether you save a bookmark on desktop or mobile, it will be saved across all your devices, so you don’t need to bookmark the same tweets.
If you ever want to remove a tweet from your bookmarks, simply reverse the process. Once you are in the Bookmarks tab, use the same “Share” or “Outbox” icon in a tweet. The options will have changed to include “Remove Tweet from Bookmarks.” Click this to delete the bookmark. If you want to clear all your bookmarks, you can do so by clicking the three vertical dots in the top-right and click or tap “Clear all Bookmarks.”
The Best Way to Save
Using Bookmarks will not only save your tweets but also save you time by avoiding other complicated methods. The process is very similar to mobile devices and on desktops with the small caveat that you’ll have to use the mobile website on your computer.
It’s hard to gauge just how impactful the Bookmarks feature has been for Twitter since the company hasn’t shared any data about it yet. It’s true that this feature was very in-demand for a long time, and anecdotal evidence seems to suggest that users are very happy with it. Ultimately, this feature probably won’t lead to huge growth in Twitter’s user base, but it’s a significant improvement to the quality of user experience. For now, it is also unclear if Bookmarks will be integrated into the non-mobile website.
What has been your experience using Twitter Bookmarks, and what other features would you like to see in the future? Have your say in the comments below.