Twitter has been rolling out a slew of new features in the past months. And now, it seems that a large number of users are getting another new feature called ‘While you are away’. TechCrunch reports that users are getting this feature embedded into their timeline, and just like the name suggests it basically shows you all the relevant tweets that you have missed since you last logged in. Also Read - Explained: Can Twitter get banned in India?Also Read - Twitter vs government: Twitter India loses legal protection for not complying with IT rules on time
When we say relevant tweets, Twitter had explained how they were working on this new feature in November, and also put some light on how the algorithm works. The company said that the feature works in a way “that shows information like who you follow and what you engage with to surface highlights of what you missed and show those to you as soon as you log back in or come back to the app.” Also Read - Twitter friends/followers seeking your unwanted attention could be Unmentioned
Now, the feature has been spotted on many user’s timeline, but there is no official announcement from Twitter. Twitteratis have reacted rather diversely to it. Some welcomed it, while others were not so impressed.
Twitter got a while you were away section now?.. Uh I guess.
Meisha (@itsTRUU) December 30, 2014
That twitter ‘while you were away’ thing just means I tweet people three days in delay!?! What is it’s purpose!?!??
and_ (@and_armstrong) December 30, 2014
Why does twitter show me tweets from last night “while you were away” .. Wack
Tyler Dvorak (@tylerdv0rak) December 24, 2014
This “while you were away” option on Twitter is next level.
LWSDX (@HardHeadLew) December 4, 2014
Love the ‘While You Were Away’ feature at Twitter. Achieves its purpose without affecting real time news feed!
Samir Selman (@selman) December 30, 2014
I like Twitter’s new “While you were away” addition.
Zach Baru (@zbaru) December 25, 2014
As far as this feature reaching the Indian audience is concerned, we don’t have any confirmation on when it will be rolled out. As the feature is not yet officially announced, it could take a while before it reaches us. We have contacted Twitter for comment.
Twitter has been rolling out a slew of features including enabling-GIFs, DM upgrades, change in timeline interface and more. The company has promised more new updates to improve the micro-blogging experience further in 2015.