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You should know Twitter’s new “while you were away” feature

(Social Media) Twitter launches a new feature to help you keep in the know, even when you’re offline.

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Social media has become an ever present part of daily life for most of us. It’s a way to stay connected with clients, customers, and coworkers as well as friends and family; but being constantly connected is distracting. However, a lot can happen while you are away: from missed calls and texts to missed opportunities and client inquiries, staying connecting is an important part of good business practices.

So how do you balance being overwhelmed by constant notifications and messages? Twitter has recently launched a solution for any one worried about missing an update, but doesn’t want to remain constantly plugged in to Twitter.

Twitter has introduced a new feature called, “while you were away” (WYWA). In essence, this feature will help you keep up, or catch up, with your world, regardless of how often you log into Twitter.

For example, if you check Twitter several times throughout the day, you will get a better, more accurate WYWA snapshot.

If you use Twitter less often, naturally there will be more unchecked data to pull and some things may still slip through the cracks. You should be able to see this feature now if you’re in iOS user; android and web users will see it roll out very soon.

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How do they come up with the info?

In their blog announcement, Twitter did not make it clear how they would aggregate this information, or how they would tell what you have seen and what you have yet to see. As with any new release, I’m sure it will go through a series of changes and adaptations.

It will also be interesting to see what Twitter deems “important” and newsworthy enough to make the WYWA section.

If you’re looking for a quick easy way to see what you missed on Twitter throughout the day without scrolling through endless posts, pictures, and advertisements, this could be an easy answers, so long as the content is relevant to what you truly follow and care about. Have you tried this new feature on Twitter?


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Jennifer Walpole is a Senior Staff Writer at The American Genius and holds a Master's degree in English from the University of Oklahoma. She is a science fiction fanatic and enjoys writing way more than she should. She dreams of being a screenwriter and seeing her work on the big screen in Hollywood one day.

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