Feeds

Twitter declares war on Storify, whips out custom curated timelines

Share and share alike, chaps

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Twitter is introducing custom timelines - its first significant new service since the micro-blogging site floated on Wall Street last week.

It means that anyone can set up their own timeline containing tweets from a choice of sources they may want to publicly share about a particular event.

Twitter said:

Share the best Tweets about a topic you care about, or an event - planned or unplanned - that’s happening right now. Whether you want to collect the best Tweets about a TV show or help people find the latest information about fast-moving real-time situations, custom timelines let you give everyone a place to follow along.

The company said that it was additionally offering the service as an API beta for developers to mine deeper into custom timelines. But that option is only available to a small number of partners at present.

The new custom timelines sound similar to Storify, a social curation tool that allows users to create timelines from hand-picked content. Unlike Twitter's latest offering, however, Storify can be used to curate content from other social networks – as you can see in this Storify about Prince Charles visiting India, which features Twitter, Instagram and YouTube embeds.

Anyone wanting to create a bog-standard custom timeline in Twitter can do so via TweetDeck – the UK-developed social media dashboard that Twitter bought for $40m and then folded into its own operation. ®

Maximizing your infrastructure through virtualization

More from The Register

next story
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
Do YOU work at Microsoft? Um. Are you SURE about that?
Nokia and marketing types first to get the bullet, says report
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS
Google is only now fixing ancient, energy-sapping bug
Big Blue Apple: IBM to sell iPads, iPhones to enterprises
iOS/2 gear loaded with apps for big biz ... uh oh BlackBerry
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.