Twitter wants to be identified more as a platform where people can share breaking news. The company in recent times has been updating and adding new features to make this a reality. BuzzFeed has spotted a new timeline feature that groups news links in a single place. The feature, according to the report, is aimed at putting all tweets that are related to a story under the same banner. What this does is that it makes it easier for everyone to see different takes.
The new Twitter feature has already rolled out to all users on iOS, Android. And the web—and has even been confirmed by a Twitter spokesperson, BuzzFeed reports.
What the new feature does in a nutshell is to analyze the links in tweets and group tweets with similar links in a single place. You can find the story at the top of a new card in your timeline, while every tweet based on the link appears below.
Still on Twitter and its latest passion for news-sharing, the microblogging company last month launched a new live video sharing tool called Timestamp.
Timestamp confirms Twitter’s renewed interest in breaking news and sharing information online.
With Timestamps, anyone can tweet a live or replay video right from the exact moment they want to discuss. It is easy to share Timestamps—simply tap to share a live video and you are done. You can also slide back to the exact time you want to your audience to watch. You can also add your thoughts and let the world know about it.
Those who see your tweet will start watching at the time within the video you shared. Your audience can skip to what is happening by tapping “live” if the video is still live. Timestamps is available to everyone, including publishers and other users of the microblogging platform.
“Sometimes, we want to draw attention to the specific moment in a live video that made us think, surprised us, or made us laugh. Previously, we could only Tweet an entire live video, which made it difficult to discuss what matters most. We saw people Tweeting with the specific time in the video directing us to the part they wanted us to watch,” Product Manager Mike Folgner said in a blog post.
Still on Twitter, the microblogging company recently launched its Bookmarks tool. Product designer Tina Koyama said last November that the feature will enable you to bookmark tweets that you only can see.
Prior to that launch, the only way to save a tweet for later was to use the “Like” button, which saves the tweet in your profile. Of course, not many users fancied that method because it is more like you are endorsing a tweet even when you are actually not. The Bookmarks feature is the way to go for me since all bookmarks remain private and can only be seen by you.