Twitter launches Moments tab for browsing best tweets

New York, Oct 7 (IANS) The micro-blogging site Twitter has launched Moments – a tab that will show you the best of what is happening on Twitter in an instant and in real time.

“Moments helps you find the best of Twitter as easily as tapping an icon – regardless of who you follow. Just visit the new tab called Moments, where you will discover stories unfolding on Twitter,” the micro-blogging site announced in a blog post on Tuesday.

So you can now have the best of conversations between world leaders and celebrities, citizens reporting events as they happen, cultural memes, live commentary on the night’s big game and many more.

“Tapping on the new lightning bolt tab on your phone opens a list of Moments that matter now. As new stories emerge throughout the day, we continue to update this list,” the post added.

You can also swipe through topics including “Entertainment” and “Sports” to find more stories from the past few days.

When you click into a Moment, you are taken to an introduction with a title and description.

Start swiping to dive right into the story, with immersive full-bleed images and autoplaying videos, Vines and GIFs.

A single tap gives you a fuller view of the Tweet, which you can favourite, Retweet and more.

A double tap lets you instantly favourite the Tweet.

The progress bar at the bottom indicates how much more each Moment has to offer.

“Swiping up or down dismisses the Moment and takes you back to the guide.
At the end of a Moment, click the share button to Tweet your thoughts, and send it out to your followers,” the post informed.

Moments are often updated as new information or great Tweets become available.

“You’ll know a story has been updated since your last view when you see a blue dot in the upper righthand corner of the image associated with the Moment,” the blog post informed.

For stories that update very frequently – like live sporting events or awards shows where it’s critical to know what’s happening minute by minute – you’ll see an option to follow the Moment, which blends the Tweets directly into your timeline.

“So you can keep track of the latest updates in real time without having to tap back and forth between tabs. When that story ends, so do the Tweets, leaving your timeline just as it was before,”

Currently, most Moments are assembled by Twitter team and some are contributed by partners like Bleacher Report, Buzzfeed, Entertainment Weekly, Fox News, Getty Images, Mashable, MLB, NASA, New York Times, Vogue and the Washington Post.

The Moments tab is currently available to people in the US across Android, iPhone and the desktop web.

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