November 12, 2013
In an effort to give its users more control over what they see on their newsfeed, Twitter is introducing custom timelines.
The social network that allows users to publish Tweets – mini-status updates of 150 characters or less – says the new feature is meant to help its users personalize their experience.
“Custom timelines are an entirely new type of timeline –– one that you create. You name it, and choose the Tweets you want to add to it,” a statement released by Twitter said. ” 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.
Users can either create the timelines by hand, or those who have API access can program their tweets. The new timeline can then be shared via TweetDeck.
“Each timeline is public and has its own page on twitter.com, making it easy to share so others can follow along in real time as you add more Tweets,” says Twitter. “Since custom timelines are part of our Twitter for Websites toolkit, you can embed these timelines on your website.
As an example, Twitter #music has a custom timeline that displays Tweets from musical celebrities, new songs and Vine videos related to music.
The custom timeline feature is being rolled out over the next few days, with Twitter revealing there may be more to come.
“We’re excited to see what you’ll do with custom timelines, and are just getting started,” says the company.
Megan Abraham is a staff writer for SiteProNews.