Twitter Adds ‘While You Were Away’ Feature for iOS

New feature now available on Twitter iOS apps; coming to Android soon

Twitter doesn’t want you to miss its best tweets, so it’s added a “while you were away” feature.

The new functionality will substitute the customary chronological list of tweets that most recently published with the top tweets posted since the user’s last session.

“A lot can happen while you’re on the go,” the company announced Wednesday. “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.”

Top tweets are based on an algorithm that measures engagement and other user habits. “Our goal is to help you keep up — or catch up — with your world, no matter how much time you spend on Twitter,” said the social giant wrote via its blog.

Recaps labeled with a “While you were away” header began appearing Wednesday on Twitter for iOS and will pop up on Twitter’s Android app soon.

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