Twitter launches 'Happening Now' feature for new users

Twitter's new Happening Now feature will highlight groups of tweets about a topic, starting with sports, and will expand to other areas like entertainment and breaking news

Published Date
11 - Oct - 2017
| Last Updated
11 - Oct - 2017
 
Twitter launches 'Happening Now' feature for new users

Twitter has launched a new feature called "Happening Now" that will showcase newcomers on its platform tweets about events.

"Happening Now" will highlight groups of tweets about a topic, starting with sports, and will expand to other areas like entertainment and breaking news. "Feel the roar of the crowd, no matter where you are. We're rolling out a new way to see what's happening now, starting with sports! Available on Android and iOS starting today," Twitter posted.

The new feature is similar to Twitter Moments, but Moments are curated stories showcasing the very best of what's happening on Twitter, customised to show users current topics that are popular or relevant so they can discover what is unfolding on Twitter in an instant.

Moments are also often more visual, featuring images and videos, like Instagram's Stories. Last year, Twitter updated its home page for logged-out users so they could see various categories like news, sports and entertainment.

Twitter is also testing a new 280 character limit, up from its current 140 character limit for tweets. According to Twitter, the change has been made to allow users to better express their emotions in languages “impacted by cramming.” This includes English and multiple other languages, except Japanese, Chinese and Korean, since the latter set of languages naturally allow people to “convey double the amount of information in one character.”

With inputs from Digit NewsDesk

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