Twitter wants to be your main source for breaking news

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Credit: https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/13/17456908/twitter-live-news-events-timeline-notifications

Twitter is gradually repositioning itself as the number one source for breaking news and live events. The microblogging company over the years has been partnering with several media outlets to bring its users live sporting events—and now it seems things are beginning to take shape. On Wednesday, Twitter announced that it will start alerting you to live events and present you with curated list of tweets at the top of your timeline.

The purpose for this, according to Keith Coleman Twitter’s Vice President, Product, is to help you find the most relevant tweets for ongoing live events. As you already know, Twitter is a place for live sporting events such as baseball and the NBA among others.

We want Twitter to be the fastest way to see the latest news around the things you care about. We’ve been sending breaking news notifications to keep people in the know, in the moment.

The update will reduce the process of trying to find your favorite event on the platform. For instance, Twitter’s latest change will make it easier for you to follow the NBA or any other event without the use of hashtags, relevant accounts or Moments to follow. Going forward, you will be able to find and follow those favorite events of yours in your timeline, notifications, and Explore. More interesting is the fact that Moments has now been redesigned to help you find everything you need in one place.

The Explore tab will now focus on the newly introduced features, and Twitter has added some new sections solely dedicated to variety of interest such as Trending, For You Tab, and News and Sports.

Search also received a minor update to make it even easier for you to find what you are looking for. At the top of Search results, you will see related news, events, or stories, which will give you the opportunity to tap in to het a recap and see latest discussion, videos or scores.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup, a soccer event that takes place every four years and being hosted this year by Russia kicked off on Thursday. Twitter’s new update is giving soccer fans a big opportunity to be a part of the event on its platform.

The microblogging platform has launched a dedicated World Cup page and individual pages for every game. These dedicated pages will include scores, Tweets, videos, and Moments.

These pages, according to Coleman, will be at the top of your timeline, in search, or in Explore. The update is already available from today on Twitter for iOS and Android as well as mobile.twitter.com in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, French, Italian, German, Russian, and Arabic.

We’re keeping you informed about what matters by showing the Tweets, conversations, and perspectives around topics you care about. Our goal is to make following what’s happening as easy as following an account.

If the plan is to present users with news and events that matter to them, then the latest arrangement could work.


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Author: Ola Ric

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