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Twitter Is Adding A Reply Later Feature To Its Interface, Allowing Users To Separate Messages That Require Replies

Twitter's engineering team seems to be developing a new Reply Later feature for the platform, allowing users to categorize direct messages in a more efficient manner.

Twitter seems to be slightly tilting its head towards the further development of direct messages, otherwise known as DMs. DMs and their exchange have become a near-essential part of any online experience. Platforms such as Twitter and Instagram initially refrained from adding too much effort to the mix, leaving the task up to more "communication friendly" platforms such as Facebook. However, considering just how much DM culture's a part of the current youth's lifestyle, it would be a poor business decision to not work towards improving messaging. Accordingly, the above-mentioned platforms got to work. Instagram's addition of a Vanish Mode was particularly interesting, allowing users to chat with each other and deleting all messages at the end.

While Twitter had a good window of opportunity to set up new chat functions with its upcoming Blue premium subscription, nothing of the sort happened. However, what the general public got in the form of Reply Later might not be too bad either. The feature was revealed via a set of screenshots posted by social media app researcher Alessandro Paluzzi. From a first glance, the Reply Later feature seems to be a submenu of sorts where users can store away messages they'd prefer attending to later. It's a nice way of remembering what people you have to reply to later on in the day. After all, not responding to someone's message due to being occupied, and forgetting who you were going to message in the first place can prove to be rather annoying.

As of yet, the feature hasn't been delved into by Twitter's own developers. It is very likely that the Reply Later feature may have much more to its functioning that can't be surmised from mere screenshots. Furthermore, Twitter may also be currently conducting beta or A/B testing of this feature, which means one could still learn more about it in the coming days. Then again, waiting for the feature’s implementation may prove to be a war of attrition. Twitter is rather well-known for testing features months and months on end with no conclusive results. The most famous example of this was the platform's testing out Threaded conversations and replies for over a year, before the entire project was unfortunately scrapped.

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