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Twitter tests feature to focus on news stories ‘while you were away’

News innovation. Twitter’s new feature is aimed at following specific conversations and newsworthy events with a prompt saying: “Catch up on what’s happened while you were away”. (WCCFTECH PHOTO)

SAN FRANCISCO – Twitter is testing a new feature on Android that puts news stories at the top of the timeline to help users keep up with what is happening around the world.

Media reports indicate that Twitter product manager Wally Gurzynski said: “With this update, we are making it easier for people to see the news and stories their followers have been discussing while they have been away right at the top of their timeline.”

The feature comes with a prompt that says: “Catch up on what’s happened while you were away”.

Earlier in 2015 and 2016, Twitter released “While you were away” and “Never miss an important tweet” features but they were not to specifically highlight news stories. The feature being tested focuses on news stories from news agencies and organisations.

This catching-up with the news test feature is in line with the other tests that Twitter is running and are aimed at following specific conversations and newsworthy events easier, the report added.

Twitter is a global American-founded online news and social networking service on which users post and interact with messages known as “tweets”.

The final release date of the feature is yet to be revealed.

 

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