Twitter’s “While You Were Away” Feature Lands On Android
Android users will now be privy to an automated list of the "greatest hits" from their Twitter timeline that they've missed.
Android users will soon be seeing Twitter’s iteration of an automated feed of the best Tweets they’ve missed since last login. The “While You Were Away” feature has been around for a month now, and has garnered mixed reviews. Some users love the “news feed” like properties, while others think it goes against the core “unfilteredness” of Twitter.
— Twitter (@twitter) February 24, 2015
One major drawback to the feature is that users can’t opt of out of the notifications. While this seems problematic, those power users that check Twitter often won’t see the message as they simply haven’t been away (nor have they missed anything). The biggest draw of this feature is the ability to cater to the less savvy user who otherwise may be overwhelmed by the service. With the curated “greatest hits” now showing up for Android users, it may help Twitter reverse their user growth struggles.
The update is now live on the Twitter app in Google Play.