Twitter is making themselves useful, presumably in an attempt to stave off bankruptcy and oblivion.
If you search for a well-known hashtag – for example #NoDAPL (“No Dakota Access Pipeline”) – Twitter delivers a page showing selected “top” Tweets, plus the option to see related news, photos, and videos. It’s essentially a portal to the topic. This is a valuable service, and at first glance it appears to be well-implemented to filter out the jittery information overload that can make Twitter timelines annoying.
You don’t need a Twitter account to access this portal page! That’s important, because most people don’t have a Twitter account, or never use the one they have, even if they believe in a vague way that the service is theoretically valuable. This portal concept allows a blogger like me to point readers to up-to-the-minute coverage on a given topic without personally scanning and selecting from the universe of information sources; a huge relief!
Practically speaking on my end: To keep up with this growing national story, I will link from my Dakota Access Pipeline category page to the #NoDAPL Twitter portal (and other sources). If there’s a local or notable story, I’ll Tweet in my @rumblecrash Twitter feed, which is embedded on this site (another interesting and valuable feature).
Let’s hope Twitter survives long enough for the portal-page service to catch on and be useful to people around the world!