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Twitter launches 'While you were away' recaps for its iOS app

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Twitter is rolling out its "While you were away" recaps for its iOS app today, after the feature was first detailed back in November. Now when you open Twitter's official app on an Apple device, you'll be able to see a snapshot of popular or relevant tweets you missed since the last time you checked in. The company says the feature will be launching soon on its Android app and web interface soon.

It's not clear which metrics Twitter uses to determine which tweets get slotted into the "While you were away" recaps, but the microblogging service says the feature uses "engagement and other factors" to display "a few of the best Tweets you probably wouldn't have seen otherwise." The new feature, similar in concept to Facebook's "top stories," breaks up Twitter's otherwise chronological timelines. Its introduction comes as Twitter plans a raft of new features, including better direct messages, designed to entice the 500 million people who visit Twitter every month to actually sign in to the service.