Twitter is making it easier for users to get personalised news updates

Tyrone Stewart

Twitter World CupTwitter has introduced several updates to its platform in order to make it easier for users to stay informed about recent events and news that may be of interest to them.

In the US, the microblogging site has begun experimenting with a change to its ‘Explore’ tab, which sees content being organised into topics instead of content type, making it easier for users to explore the content they care about. This feature will roll out to everyone in the US on Android and iOS in the coming months.

With this change, Twitter has also made an update to search. Now, users see news, events, or stories related to their search query at the top of the search results, once again making it easier to stay informed about topics that interest them.

Elsewhere, the popular social media platform is expanding its ‘Happening Now’ feature to include tweets about breaking and personalised news. Previously, the feature was used to update fans on the tweets being made while their favourite sports teams are playing. This update will also be rolling out across the US to all users on Android and iOS in the coming months.

US Android and iOS users will also soon see Twitter sending them notifications based on their interests, so they never miss out on the latest. These notifications can be turned off in settings.

In addition to all of the above, the San Francisco-based company is introducing a vertical timeline to its Moments section, with users previously having to swipe horizontally to view the best tweets about a particular piece of news. This feature will be rolled out globally soon but, for now, has begun rolling out in the US only. And US users have also begun seeing multiple timelines in some of their Moments.

Finally, for the World Cup – which kicks off today (14 June) – Twitter has introduced a dedicated ‘World Cup’ page, as well as individual pages for every game featuring scores, tweets, video, and Moments. These pages are available at the top of the timeline, in search, or in Explore. And they are available on Android, iOS, and at in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, French, Italian, German, Russian, and Arabic.