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Twitter to put live news events in your timeline, notifications

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Twitter has announced that it will put more live news events in your timeline and notifications and might also send users customised push notification if an event is happening that they may be interested in.

“We’ve been working to change how you discover all the information around news, events, and stories. It’ll be easier to find and follow the big events and stories you care about in your timeline, notifications and Explore,” Twitter said in a blog post on Thursday.

Twitter is now experimenting with topic tabs in its “Explore” tab so that it will be easier to see what’s happening in news and entertainment and what’s most relevant to you.

“Starting today, at the top of search results, you’ll see related news, events, or stories and be able to tap in to get a recap and see the latest discussion, videos or scores,” it added.

At the top of your timeline, users will now see the news that’s relevant to them along with the surrounding tweets and videos.

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The new features will be available in the coming months to everyone in the US on iOS and Android.

“We’re also experimenting with sending notifications to you based on your interests (like who you follow and what you Tweet about), so you won’t miss a beat,” Twitter noted.

You can always turn off these notifications by going to your recommendations settings and toggling to not see the news.

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For its “Moments” feature that was launched in 2015 as a way to discover and learn about what’s new, Twitter is introducing a new vertical timeline experience.

“Some Moments” including Moments outside of the US, Sponsored Moments, and Moments created by you “will temporarily continue to be horizontal as we roll out this change”, Twitter said. (IANS)

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Average Twitter Users Become More Active During Natural Disasters

This suggests people are communicating about their preparation or recovery in real-time and sharing resources that could assist those seeking help

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This April 26, 2017, photo shows the Twitter app icon on a mobile phone in Philadelphia. According to a study released Jan. 24, 2019, a tiny fraction of Twitter users spread the vast majority of fake news in 2016, with conservatives and older people sharing misinformation more. VOA

Despite the importance placed on celebrity social media influencers with millions of followers, during natural disasters average Twitter users become more active disseminators of information, finds a study.

The study, led by University of Vermont researchers, is the first to look at social media patterns across different disaster types (hurricanes, floods and tornadoes).

According to the study, Twitter users with small local networks (100-200 followers) increase their activity more than those with larger networks in these situations.

Instead of relying on high-profile social media influencers to help spread important information, the study suggests efforts should be concentrated on targeting average users with meaningful networks, with compelling, accurate messages that average people will feel compelled to share in the “social wild online.”

“We found ‘average Twitter users’ tweeted more frequently about disasters, and focused on communicating key information,” said Benjamin Emery from the varsity’s Complex Systems Center and Computational Story Lab.

“While these users have fewer followers than the so-called influencers, their followers tend to have a higher proportion of friends and family, close networks that are more likely to seek and exchange useful information in emergency situations,” he added.

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Average Twitter users more active during disasters: Study. Pixabay

The results, published in the journal PLOS ONE, have important implications for organisations responsible for communicating vital information around emergencies, particularly as natural hazards increase in incidence and cost, a trend expected to continue with climate change.

“In planning for natural hazards and disasters, thinking about when and what to tweet really does matter,” said Meredith Niles from the varsity.

Researchers found key differences in tweet timing and volume, depending on type of disaster. For hurricanes, people tweeted more frequently about emergency topics before the event, while for tornadoes and floods, which occur with less warning, Twitter was used for real-time or recovery information.

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They also found terms like “groceries,” “supermarket,” and “prepare” were most frequently used before hurricanes whereas terms like “shelter,” “emergency,” “wind” or “food security” were used during and after tornadoes.

This suggests people are communicating about their preparation or recovery in real-time and sharing resources that could assist those seeking help. (IANS)