Every now and then you may feel like your Twitter timeline is bloated with inane hashtags and cluttered with tweets that make you want to tear your hair out? Twitter knows this and is experimenting with a “Fave People” feature that will allow you to trim your list and keep track of your favorite accounts in a separate timeline.

It can be said to be a fine-tuned version of the Lists feature, and was recently introduced in the alpha build for Twitter’s Android app, which sees new features before the beta or final builds. According to TechCrunch, which got hold of the alpha build, the app now shows Fave People prominently alongside the existing tabs for Home, Discover and Activity. Enter Fave People and the app says: “Keep track of your favorites. Tap the star icon on the profiles of your favorite people to see their Tweets in this timeline. You can also choose to receive notifications when they tweet from Settings.”

Twitter has seemingly realised the star power of some Twitter accounts, which may have prompted the company to experiment with this feature. It would theoretically make it easier to track events in real time, as one can easily sift the signal from the noise, by only keeping up with some accounts. In an age where everyone can and does broadcast their opinion on Twitter, a saved search might not be all that useful, when tracking events in real-time. A curated section is better suited for the purpose.

However, it’s no certainty that the feature will make it to the final build of the app. It just shows that Twitter may be focussing on bolstering the Lists feature, which may have been underutilised thus far.

Publish date: March 18, 2014 1:34 pm| Modified date: March 18, 2014 1:40 pm

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