Twitter Testing a News Timeline on Top of Regular User Feeds
Microblogging legend Twitter is reportedly working on a news timeline on the top of the user feeds. The timeline, as name suggests will highlight the breaking news events.
Twitter Testing a News Timeline
The feature is under testing with select group of users on Android and iOS. Twitter’s own algorithm would automatically curate and list the news items in the feed.
A report published on BuzzFeed revealed that Twitter tested a highlighted curated timeline on 14 March. The timeline contained and displayed the news items and events such as the congressional special election in Pennsylvania, the death of Stephen Hawking, and a lawsuit filed by the family of murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich against Fox News.
Twitter officially confirmed the news. Twitter product VP Keith Coleman said in a statement that the company is working on ways to make it easier for everyone to find relevant news, surrounding conversation to keep them informed about what matters to them.
Keith further added that the feature would be coming with multiple timelines for the same news, one with the latest tweets whereas the other with recaps tweets. The feature that’s yet to go live for all is an extension of the “Happening Now” feature that highlighted the users to check current sports tweets.
The feature will display highlights during big breaking news events and will be followed by a timeline with algorithmically curated tweets related to the event.
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