Twitter’s “While You Were Away” Feature Launches On Android


One month after launching on iOS, Twitter’s “While You Were Away” feature is finally available for Android users.

“While You Were Away,” which Twitter first previewed last fall, represents a significant departure from the real-time element that drew many users to the platform in the first place. Instead of showing you all the tweets you missed in reverse chronological order, it surfaces the “best tweets” based on user engagement. When users open the Twitter app, it is the first thing they see in their main Twitter feed, which can be annoying for people who don’t want to scroll through a bunch of notifications to see fresh tweets.

If the reaction Twitter’s announcement is anything to go by, many users dislike the feature because they feel that it clutters their feed and forces them to scroll through stale content picked by an algorithm–an experience they can already turn to…

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