Twitter tests letting you temporarily snooze push notifications and follow topics
Twitter has had its ups and downs through the years, but recently they seem to be pulling things together nicely. Earlier this year the app received the highly requested Dark Mode option (they call it Lights Out Mode), timeline options, and more. The developers have been working on some new features with two particular tests being rather interesting. Firstly, the company has announced a test that lets people temporarily snooze notifications. Secondly, the team is working on curating news and content around specific topics that will be created by the Twitter staff.
If you are on a recent version of Android then you are less likely to be interested in the new feature that lets you snooze notifications. Then again, the different snooze timer options may have you using it more than what Google has already baked into Android 8.0+. Granted, we showed you how to customize the snooze timers yourself, but it’s nice to have the feature included in the app itself. It looks like a feature that could be implemented quickly and will also prove useful to those still on older versions of Android.
You know when someone’s phone goes off in the theater? Or in a presentation? Or at the movies? Don’t be that person.
We’re testing a way to temporarily snooze notifications on Android, just in case you go viral at an inconvenient time. pic.twitter.com/tSuEjlqWDs
— Twitter (@Twitter) August 13, 2019
Personally, I find the other new feature Twitter is testing to be more interesting. At least, it can be if the company chooses to handle it in a way that can satisfy a lot of people. Although, it seems as if the topic selection will be limited at first while the team trains its neural network models. The company says you will be able to follow specific topics like sports teams, celebrities, movies, TV shows, etc. Topics themselves will be curated by Twitter employees and they’ll be using machine learning algorithms to surface relevant tweets.
I find this to be an interesting move as it could help to evolve Twitter into more of a content delivery platform than just a social network. Once you follow a specific topic then you’ll see those relevant tweets integrated within your own home feed.