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Witness major events unfold with Twitter’s Moments

By Chester Labaco & Liu Hongzuo - on 9 Oct 2015, 11:14am

Witness major events unfold with Twitter’s Moments

We give a moment for Twitter to announce their Moments feature.

If you’re an avid Twitter user who heavily relies on following accounts for the news or gossip, the online social networking service has an interesting feature lined up for you.

Twitter will soon have a new feature, called Moments, which works best for individuals who like witnessing major events that are unfolding as they tweet. Moment works by sieving through ongoing topics that are tweeted by influential Twitter users, as well as picking up on events that are fiercely tweeted about, and condensing all the contents on the major event into a single touch icon; the icon takes the form of a lightning bolt tab.

Moments are also categorized into their respective genres.

To use Moment, simply tap the lightning bolt, and choose the Moment you wish to read up on. A progress bar at the bottom of the chosen Moment will tell you how much content is left before you’ve caught up with the major tweets. Moments can be a mix of different medium as well, from simple text-based tweets, to full-bleed images, to auto-playing videos, Vines, and GIFs.

Users do not necessarily need to follow certain celebrities or politicians to stay on top of major events unfolding in Moments. For convenience, different topics will have their own Moment heading, containing a brief description on what the Moment is about.

Watch videos relevant to the Moment, on top of getting live tweets.

As for what qualifies as a Moment, Twitter says that it will include 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.

Currently, Moments is only available in the US. We aren’t able to test it, but it seems likely that the service will be rolled out on a bigger scale in due time (not “in a moment”?). The Moments feature is available for both mobile (iOS and Android) and on desktop web versions. You can learn more about it via Twitter’s very own blog entry. They also have a Support page for those who need help using the new feature.