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Twitter adds Happening Now feature, could help you track major news events online

Taking a leaf from its visual format of storytelling through Moments, Twitter is incorporating a similar interface to the latest trending stories to create Happening Now.

  • Published: March 16, 2018 9:58 AM IST
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Just a couple of years ago when CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey was tasked with fixing Twitter, he shared his vision for the microblogging service as a news destination. That was 2016.

Not a lot’s changed since. Twitter continues to be a source for information as ever. With several design and algorithmic tweaks, Twitter continues to find innovative ways of presenting information to its users. Among this is the Moments feature, which summarizes the latest event in a story format. Tweets with visual elements can be clubbed together to form a storyline.

Taking a leaf from its visual format of storytelling through Moments, Twitter is incorporating a similar interface to the latest trending stories to create Happening Now. According to a Twitter spokesperson quoted in a Buzzfeed News report last year, the work done by Twitter in the area of live video is helping it with the Happening Now feature.

Twitter has finally taken its first major step in this direction by testing the feature around the recent demise of Stephen HawkingBuzzfeed News quotes a statement by Twitter product VP Keith Coleman, “People come to Twitter to see and talk about what’s happening. We’re working on ways to make it easier for everyone to find relevant news and the surrounding conversation so they can stay informed about what matters to them.”

In addition to offering value to its users, this move also seems to be a result of widespread attention towards the fake news menace faced by both Twitter and Facebook in recent times. A preselected list of news partners could avoid mischievous stories spread and gain viral notoriety.

  • Published Date: March 16, 2018 9:58 AM IST