You might have heard: Twitter was developing a new tool called Project Lightning, which was expected to bring curation to the platform with an editorial team curating content around events, breaking news and “anything that’s interesting”
But did you know: You might have noticed something new on Twitter yesterday: Moments, Twitter’s long-awaited curation feature, launched as a hub for curated news on the social platform. About a dozen curators select stories for Moments from publishers including BuzzFeed, The New York Times and The Washington Post. Twitter has allowed news organizations to experiment with compiling their own stories on Moments, which are eligible to appear on the Moments tab.
+ In the set of guidelines and principles for its curation team, Twitter insists that its curators are not “reporters or creators of original content” and says Moments should be free of bias (TechCrunch), but some editors say the techniques Twitter’s team is using are the same ones found in a newsroom (Nieman Lab), and Peter Kafka writes that Moments are remarkably similar to Snapchat’s Live Stories in that they’re both a string of video clips and photos from an event, and they’re likely to include the same content (Re/code)
+ A guide to how users can use Moments (BuzzFeed) and an example of what a publisher-created Moment looks like embedded in a news story (Washington Post)