Sadly, our Twitter timelines do not stop flowing when we go about with our real lives, and from experience the juiciest conversations seem to happen when we are offline, or maybe that’s just me.
Well, Twitter just launched the answer to my prayers with the “While You Were Away” feature. The feature does pretty much what the name suggests — if you haven’t opened the app for a while, it puts some of the ‘best’ and most popular tweets from when you were gone at the top of your feed.
First seen a few weeks ago in a soft launch, the blog post announcing its official release suggests the screen will pop up more frequently if you actually take long enough breaks between Twitter sessions (I doubt the Twitter Junkies will even notice). The service intends to improve your twitter experience without destroying the real-time response we all know and love, and I really hope it can pull it off. “While you were away” has officially rolled out for all Twitter users on iOS (YES!), while Twitter.com and the Android app should see it real soon.
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