Twitter Lets Its Users Make Their Own Custom Timelines
Posted: November 13, 2013 by Emily Brown
The social networking site that turned into a global phenomenon thanks to large-scale events, ranging from the hurricane Sandy to the Academy Awards, now has come up with a new way to engage its users even more.
As of Tuesday, Twitter released custom timelines, or if you want user-tailored feeds, that let you create your own unique timeline based on topics, hashtags and even more from the Tweetdeck tool. But that's not all, as the site has also provided an API that allows developers build this functionality into their products.
The new customizable kind of timeline is meant to let you manually structure Twitter's scrambled and chaotic airwaves. It will be probably best exploited by journalists, media organizations, entertainment companies, or any enthusiast who wants to be a curator of tweets around news, events or various other subject matters. Especially when the topics could be literally anything that makes a tweet, including hashtags, an ordinary phrase like 'drinking coffee' or maybe vent-specific keywords like 'Superbowl' or 'Grammys'.
"This means that when the conversation around an event or topic takes off on Twitter, you have the opportunity to create a timeline that surfaces what you believe to be the most noteworthy, relevant tweets," as Brian Ellin, a developer who works on the platform, disclosed in a blog post.
Another info worth your attention is that custom timelines at first can only be created and managed in Twitter's TweetDeck application, although once conceived they can be shared with others via URL or embedded on web sites. Over the next few days, all TweetDeck users will be able to employ the feature.