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Twitter Changes up the Game with New Feature

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Twitter changed up the game earlier this week with a feature that allows users to quickly access trending, newsworthy information via a lightning bolt icon located between ‘notifications’ and ‘messages’. The new feature came just one day after Jack Dorsey was named CEO of Twitter once again. Though Twitter has been commended for its coverage of world events by seasoned users, the less tech savvy among us can sometimes find it difficult navigating the trove of tweets coming in daily to successfully access the information needed.

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Twitter Moments provides a solution to this conundrum, making the feature an invaluable addition to the platform and a hugely helpful tool for users. Some users have even aptly dubbed the new feature ‘Twitter for the rest of us’, but how exactly does it work?

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We’re happy to reveal that the feature is as easy and intuitive as we hoped. Simply tap the lightning bolt to start and swipe to explore, simple! Once you find something that sparks your interest, another tap will take you to the most popular and relevant tweets, photos and videos surrounding that particular topic. Once a user has finished reading up on the desired subject, they can simply swipe right or left to move to the next or previous story.

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Furthermore, if one of the stories you view really tickles your fancy, you can choose to view or follow the source, share or direct message the content to a friend, and more. To do this, the user simply needs to tap the tweet and three dots will appear in the bottom right corner that, when touched, will activate a menu displaying these options. Additionally, the new feature also offers users the opportunity to follow a particular moment and the platform will seamlessly fuse related posts into the user’s feed. It’s convenient too; once you’ve finished browsing Twitter Moments and it is time to reluctantly return to the real world, just swipe down to exit.

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Did you just rush frantically to check for the new addition to Twitter, only to find that mystical bolt has not yet appeared? Sadly, the feature is only currently available in the U.S, we received our information straight from our U.S sources who take great pleasure in reminding us that they’re, usually, one step ahead when receiving the latest tech advancements. It goes without saying that we’re counting down the weeks, days and hours until this intuitive, user-friendly avenue for accessing the latest news hits Australian shores.

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