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This article was published on February 9, 2015

This is Twitter’s new Curator tool for media outlets

This is Twitter’s new Curator tool for media outlets

Twitter pulled the covers off a new tool during the News:Rewired Conference in London last week. It’s called Curator.

The new web app is designed to allow media organizations to pull together embeddable collections of tweets and vines, and TNW is one of the first to get its hands on it.

You can see our test collection of Grammys tweets below.

Curator allows you to see worldwide trends, select trends from specific geographical areas and see what sports and TV shows are currently being talked about.

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Once you’ve decided the topic you want to cover, you create a new project:

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Entering a search term or hashtag lets you narrow down the tweets and vines you see in the stream. You can tweak it even further by applying filters.

There’s a long list to choose from, ranging from user profiling (e.g. follower count, profile information, author) and user analytics (e.g. account age, influence, location) to the qualities of the individual tweet (e.g. contains picture, contains vine, sentiment).

You can also weed out retweets and avoid messages containing swear words.

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After you’ve set up a customized stream of tweets, you can create a collection with a curated selection of the best messages. Once that’s complete, you can export it as an embeddable widget, like the one we’ve included above.

Broadcasters can also create on-air graphics with Twitter responses to shows.

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When you build a stream of tweets using Curator, you also get a page of analytics for that specific collection:

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While tools such as Storify have allowed you to build embeddable collections of tweets for some time, Curator will be a powerful tool for media companies with a direct link into Twitter’s firehose and lots of data to work with.

Journalists wanting to make use of Curator need to contact Twitter directly to be whitelisted for the service.

Curator [Twitter]

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