Latest Twitter feature brings serious concerns

Onur Demirkol
Mar 20, 2023

Twitter is bringing more detailed stats visible to users as the company recently started showing bookmark counts of tweets to every iOS user. However, the information on who bookmarked the tweets is kept hidden.

"We love Bookmarks for saving Tweets to revisit later. Starting today on iOS, you'll now see the total number of times a Tweet has been bookmarked on Tweet details." tweeted the official support account.

After Elon Musk's acquisition of the company, Twitter rapidly started working on providing more data on every tweet. On top of the retweet and like counts, users can also see how many people viewed a specific tweet. Many users said that seeing these metrics below every tweet made their screens crowded and complicated, while some enjoyed seeing relevant data. With the latest addition, another metric has been added to the list. For now, it is only available for iOS users but is expected to launch for the web version and other platforms in the near future.

Regarding the privacy of users, "We'll never display which accounts have added a Tweet to their Bookmarks," the official account added. The Help Center article says: "Bookmarks are still private and are only viewable to you within your Twitter account. We only show the total number of Bookmarks, not the specific accounts that have added a Tweet to their Bookmarks." It is similar to viewer count as strangers can't see others' tweet metrics, apart from the overall number.

After Elon Musk's acquisition, Twitter started focusing on tweet stats, and the latest feature has brought another important stat counter.

Serious concerns over the new feature

The new feature raised concerns, particularly from women, as they have been surprised by how frequently their shared images of themselves have been bookmarked; here is an example by the Twitter user @jasminericegirl.

On the other hand, bookmarks could be useful for a creator or a company's account in terms of showing more data on how many users are interested in the content. Lately, informative threads on AI tools and such have become more famous, and people mostly find them useful. With the new bookmark count feature, users will see which thread the readers found useful the most, if they can't interpret that by looking at the retweet and like count.

Some users think that there are more important things to focus on, such as fixing major issues like the timeline auto-refresh bug, rather than bringing more features. Recently, the app also faced a major outage. All users were unable to load new tweets or refresh their home pages, and the issue appeared on both the website and the mobile app while the cause remained unclear.

If Twitter adds another stat feature underneath tweets, it might be even more complicated for many, while business accounts benefit from the data.

The company might face tougher competition in the upcoming months as more decentralized Twitter alternatives are on the way. Jack Dorsey's "Bluesky" has already surfaced and is expected to be available soon.


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  1. The Dark Lady said on July 9, 2023 at 11:19 am

    Martin, I would appreciate that you do not censor this post, as it’s informative writing.

    Onur, there is a misleading statement “[…] GIFs are animated images …”. No, obviously you don’t seem to have take much notice of what you were told back in March regarding; Graphics Interchange Format (GIF).

    For example, (if you had read my replies within that thread, you might have learnt something useful). I even mentioned, “GIF intrinsically supports animated images (GIF89a)”.

    You linked to said article, [Related: …] within this article, but have somehow failed to take onboard what support you were given by several more knowledgeable people.

    If you used AI to help write this article, it has failed miserably.

    1. E. Fromme said on September 29, 2023 at 1:32 pm

      EMRE ÇITAK posts are useless because they are fraught with inaccuracies and are irrelevant.

  2. KeZa said on August 17, 2023 at 5:58 pm

    AI is stupid, and it will not get any better if we really know how this all works. Prove me wrong..

  3. Database failure said on August 18, 2023 at 5:21 pm

    Martin, [#comment-4569908] is only meant to be in: []. Whereas it appears duplicated in several recent random low-quality non relevant articles.

    Obviously it [#comment-4569908] was posted: 9 July 2023. Long before this thread even existed… your database is falling over. Those comments are supposed to have unique ID values. It shouldn’t be possible to duplicate the post ID, if the database had referential integrity.

  4. Howard Pearce said on August 25, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    Don’t tell me!

    Ghacks wants the state to step in for STATE-MANDATED associations to save jobs!!!

    Bring in the dictatorship!!!

    And screw Rreedom of Association – too radical for Ghacks maybe

  5. Howard Allan Pearce said on September 7, 2023 at 9:13 am

    GateKeeper ?

    That’s called “appointing” businesses to do the state’s dirty work!!!!!

    But the article says itself that those appointed were not happy – implying they had not choice!!!!!!

  6. owl said on September 7, 2023 at 9:50 am

    @The Dark Lady,
    @Database failure,
    @Howard Pearce,
    @Howard Allan Pearce,

    Note: I replaced the quoted URI scheme: https:// with “>>” and posted.

    The current is owned by “Softonic International S.A.” (sold by Martin in October 2019), and due to the fate of M&A, has changed in quality.
    Many Authors of bloggers and advertisers certified by Softonic have joined the site, and the site is full of articles aimed at advertising and clickbait.
    As it stands, except for articles by Martin Brinkmann, Mike Turcotte, and Ashwin, they are low quality, unhelpful, and even vicious. It is better not to read those articles.
    How to display only articles by a specific author:
    Added line to My filters in uBlock Origin:,.home-posts,.home-category-post:not(:has-text(/Martin Brinkmann|Mike Turcotte|Ashwin/))

    By the way, if you use an RSS reader, you can track exactly where your comments are (I’m an iPad user, so I use “Feedly Classic”, but for Windows I prefer the desktop app “RSS Guard”).
    RSS Guard: Feed reader which supports RSS/ATOM/JSON and many web-based feed services.

  7. Anonymous said on September 14, 2023 at 6:41 pm

    We all live in digital surveillance glass houses under scrutiny of evil people because of people like Musk. It’s only fair that he takes his turn.

  8. Anonymous said on September 18, 2023 at 1:31 pm

    “Operating systems will be required to let the user choose the browser, virtual assistant and search engine of their choice. Microsoft cannot force users to use Bing or Edge. Apple will have to open up its iOS operating system to allow third-party app stores, aka allow sideloading of apps. Google, on the other hand, will need to provide users with the ability to uninstall preloaded apps (bloatware) from Android devices. Online services will need to allow users to unsubscribe from their platform easily. Gatekeepers need to provide interoperability with third-parties that offer similar services.”

    Wonderful ! Let’s hope they’ll comply with that law more than they are doing with the GDPR.

  9. sean conner said on September 27, 2023 at 6:21 am
  10. Sherry Grant said on September 29, 2023 at 7:47 pm

    What does this article about Musk/Tesla have to do with computing, devices, phones?
    More irelevant filler.

  11. Anonymous said on September 29, 2023 at 8:47 pm

    yeah sure… they are always the victims and it is only against them ????

    Believe them 100% and never question anything. This lawsuit sounds like the type you heard when people were eating batteries.

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