Twitter Unveils Instant Timeline to Woo New Users


Carly Page

The social network also plans to enhance native video sharing and Direct Messages next year.

Twitter has revealed a feature called Instant Timelines, which will let new users see what’s happening on the social network without having to find people to follow.

Instant Timeline was introduced earlier this week by Twitter chief executive Dick Costolo at the company’s first analyst day in San Francisco, and will arrive on the social network next year.

Twitter is looking to woo more people to the website, and explained the new feature in a blog post: “We’re working on ideas such as an instant, personalized timeline for new users who don’t want to spend time cultivating one on their own.”

For example, first-time tweeters will be able to pick from categories like sports, television, and technology and be automatically shown a feed of interesting tweets and users.

Further details have yet to be revealed, but Twitter said that the service wil arrive next year.

Twitter is also looking to better engage with the 500 million people who visit the social network without logging in, revealing that the site will offer more content recommendations to logged-out users.

The company also said that the ability to record and share videos natively on Twitter will be introduced “in the first half of next year.”

“Aside from just watching video more easily on Twitter, you should be able to record, edit, and share your own videos natively on Twitter, too,” said the company.

“Alongside short looping Vine videos, we think you’ll have fun sharing what’s happening in your world through native video.”

Finally, Twitter unveiled plans to enhance the Direct Messaging feature next year.

“We have several updates coming that will make it easy to take a public conversation private,” the company added.

“The first of these was announced today and will begin rolling out next week: the ability to share and discuss tweets natively and privately via Direct Messages.”