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Twitter news icon update begins

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Twitter news icon update begins

Social networking site Twitter is mostly known for introducing hashtags to the world, making it easier for users to group together a load of tweets that discuss the same topic in one handy news feed. However, it’s now beginning to roll out a new feature that will see the site dabble into a new field – news.

The latest update to the site’s mobile app will see the introduction of a news icon along the main toolbar next to the notifications symbol and the direct messages tab. This will take users who click on it to a new page that has been specifically designed for breaking news stories and other trending headlines. This section of the site will feature content from some of the world’s major news suppliers, including the BBC, USA Today and the New York Times.

This will allow users to see these headlines more clearly and easily than they would if they were to appear in their regular news feeds, where it is simple enough to scroll past and lose them in a barrage of tweets.

The news update has already been launched in Japan and is set to be unveiled to a select number of users in the U.S. this week. However, it remains unclear if and when it will be rolled out worldwide, with Twitter keeping these details under wraps.

As well as this, the social platform has also redesigned its homepage on the desktop version of the site to show posts from real users, including a few famous faces, in a bid to make it more helpful, interesting and modern. This is also set to be launched in the coming week.

Alan Littler

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