Twitter is officially adding a feature designed to recap tweets you may have missed while not using its app.
The goal is to dig up the top tweets that would have otherwise been lost among the flood of new posts, according to the company announcement. The feature is not unlike Facebook’s algorithm-driven news feed that curates posts based on user preferences, though Twitter Vice President Kevin Weil denies the comparison. He told the New York Times that Twitter’s feed will still focus more on real-time experiences, whereas Facebook’s generally ignores chronology.
As you might expect, the change will have less of an effect for those who use the app frequently, according to the company’s announcement. The more time you spend away from the app, the more tweets the feature will draw from.
“Today we’re introducing something new to your home timeline: a recap of some of the top Tweets you might have missed from accounts you follow.
A lot can happen while you’re on the go. To fill in some of those gaps, we will surface a few of the best Tweets you probably wouldn’t have seen otherwise, determined by engagement and other factors. If you check in on Twitter now and then for a quick snapshot of what’s happening, you’ll see this recap more often; if you spend a lot of time on Twitter already, you’ll see it less.
Our goal is to help you keep up – or catch up – with your world, no matter how much time you spend on Twitter. 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.
Recaps, marked with a “While you were away” heading, will begin to appear for all Twitter for iOS users today, and on our Android app and twitter.com soon.”