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This article was published on October 6, 2015

Twitter just made the biggest change since its invention: Moments

Twitter just made the biggest change since its invention: Moments

Just 24 hours after Twitter announced that Jack Dorsey would become the company’s permanent CEO, Project Lightning, the company’s long-promised way to follow events, has finally emerged.

It’s now called ‘Moments’ and marks the first fundamental product change since the company’s launch.

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The new ‘Moments’ button

Moments is a new button in the official app that provides a way to follow along with TV shows, sports, news and other events with a curated experience.

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Viewing a moment, from left to right

When you click into a moment, you’ll start seeing a full-screen experience that combines tweets, videos, Vines and GIFs into a single view.

PLEach moment is a curated view of an event from a variety people so you can experience it without needing to follow individual accounts.

It means you can — for the first time — experience an event unfolding in both real time and after it’s finished as they’re captured for experiencing it as it unfolded at any time.

Each Moment shows you the length at the bottom of the screen, so you know how much further to go before reaching the end, and you can share the whole thing in a tweet when you get the end.

Moments are also sharable outside Twitter and can be embedded on any website at launch.

Instead of forcing you to follow individual people for events like a baseball game, a new follow button will appear which adds relevant tweets to your main timeline as the event unfolds.

At the end, they’ll disappear completely — you won’t be forced to receive them again in the future.

Most Moments are manually curated by Twitter staff, but the tab will also feature partner moments from the Bleacher Report, Buzzfeed, Entertainment Weekly, Fox News, Getty Images, Mashable, MLB, NASA, New York Times, Vogue and Washington Post.

Over time, Twitter says it’ll add more partners to allow a wide range of people to create Moments.

Moments are launching for everyone on Android, iPhone and the desktop today.

In the meantime, you can see a Moment on Twitter Web right here.

Update: Twitter says in its notes that Moments are only available in the US at launch, which is disappointing, considering how global the service is supposed to be. You can view them outside the US if you find a Moments link.

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