Twitter is working on a snooze button that can pause notifications from flooding your phone, according to app researcher, Jane Manchun Wong.
For those of you who have a gift of creating tweets that go viral, you most likely enjoy your new-found fame for a few hours, before getting ticked-off with the endless stream of notifications.
Because of your settings, every retweet, reply, and like can cause your phone to vibrate or “make noise”. This can be strangely annoying throughout the day, particularly if you’re focused on something other than your mentions.
However, days of silencing your phone could soon come to an end according to this new leak.
This new snooze button would not get rid of notifications entirely, but it would significantly save those mentions for later. When you’re ready to return to Twitter, you can take the plunge without missing anything important.
On August 4, Wong, an app code miner for unreleased or upcoming features, first discovered the yet-to-be-released snooze button while looking at the Twitter Android apps’ code. Wong wrote in a blog post about her discovery that all indications suggest the Twitter team just started working on it recently.
The new feature which will appear as a crossed-out bell in the upper-right corner of the app’s notifications tab will give users an option to essentially mute their push notifications for 1, 3, or 12 hours.
On activating the snooze button you won’t receive any push notifications on Twitter, but should you want to see notifications, they can still be accessed on the Notifications tab.
Ms Wong explained: “I came across this new ‘Snooze’ button by looking into the code underneath Twitter’s mobile app for Android, and I am awaiting comment from Twitter about this feature.
A Twitter spokesperson could not confirm whether the snooze button is indeed coming to the social network’s apps or when it would roll out.
Wong further added that there’s always a chance that the snooze button may never make it to wide release. “Experimental features like this one could come and go, though I believe many of us would love it if Twitter releases this feature in the future,” she wrote.
We’ve seen the snooze functionality built into other apps in the past. Facebook has its own snooze button which was launched in 2017, but it works a bit differently. Rather than muting all notifications, Facebook allows you to mute individuals or pages for 30 days at a time.
WhatsApp, on the other hand, allows you to mute notifications on a chat-by-chat basis for either 8 hours, a week, or a year at a time.
This is a particularly great feature for those times when you want to remove distractions without stopping an app’s notifications indefinitely at the OS level.