Twitter have released a new 'Twitter stories' site today, curating some of the most impactful stories told via the stream of tweets surrounding the particular topics on the service.
“Today we’re launching the first in a series of Twitter stories,” Twitter said in a blog post. "Read about a single Tweet that helped save a bookstore from going out of business; an athlete who took a hundred of his followers out to a crab dinner; and, Japanese fishermen who use Twitter to sell their catch before returning to shore. Each story reminds us of the humanity behind Tweets that make the world smaller.”
One of our favourites would be Christ Strouth tweeting "Sh*t, I need a kidney," and then receiving a donor match after 19 people volunteered through replies. It shows a moral conscience, which is something that social networks have been striving to market since Facebook introduced the timeline. Further looking upon it shows some of the similarities in terms of infographical look and variety of image sizes.
Twitter says it will update it's stories once a month, and we feel it's great that they've done this. For them, it'll hopefully move the network away from being merely seen as a link building tool to follow your interests for business and industry influencers alike into something more 'personal' and communicative.
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