Soon, Twitter will let you snooze push notifications, stay focused
After releasing a revamped desktop site, Twitter is working on a handy new feature for its mobile app - the ability to snooze notifications. Yes, the microblogging service is actually developing a solution, more like a button, that would keep your phone's notification drawer free from a humongous pile of push notifications. Here's how it would work.
Snooze button spotted by reverse-engineer Jane Manchun Wong
During a recent investigation of Twitter's Android app, popular reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong, who is known for discovering in-development features in social media services, spotted signs of the 'snooze' button. The option, she said, will give users the ability to mute Twitter push notifications on their devices for a period of one, three, or twelve hours.
How the feature would work
Detailing the feature in a blog post, Wong said the new button will appear as a crossed-out 'bell' icon on the notifications tab of the Twitter app. As you'll tap on this icon, the program will generate a prompt to configure how long you'd want push notifications to be snoozed. Once the time period is selected, push notifications will stop appearing on your phone.
You'd still have the option to check notifications in app
While the new button will keep Twitter notifications from showing up in the notification drawer of your phone, it won't stop them from accumulating in the app. Meaning, if you want, you can head over to the Twitter app and check all the notifications in the notification tab of the service. This will ensure you can catch up with everything as and when needed.
Availability, however, continues to be a point of question
An option to silence push notifications would make a great upgrade for Twitter, but we are still not sure when or if it would be available. Twitter has not commented on the matter but, as with all experimental features, there's a possibility that it might be dropped before a wider release. However, if that happens, we're pretty sure Twitter users will be disappointed.