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Twitter CEO promises interactive tweets, defends curbs

Published on Sep 22, 2012 8:14 AM
 
Twitter logo is displayed at the entrance of Twitter headquarters in San Francisco on March 11, 2011 in California. Twitter will soon roll out a free tool for users to handpick and publish selections of tweets, reflecting the company's commitment to remain a neutral, interactive platform rather than become a media company, chief operating officer Dick Costolo said on Friday. -- PHOTO: AFP

SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - Twitter will soon roll out a free tool for users to handpick and publish selections of tweets, reflecting the company's commitment to remain a neutral, interactive platform rather than become a media company, chief operating officer Dick Costolo said on Friday.

The new tool will allow users, including journalists, to manually curate and display tweets to accompany breaking news events.

"We've known for a long time that for events in the real world, the shared experience is on Twitter," Mr Costolo said at the Online News Association conference in San Francisco. "We want to create an ability to curate those events."

Mr Costolo dismissed speculation that Twitter had plans to operate like a traditional media company, following a recent move to restrict access to tweets only through its website or official app. Previously, many users could read tweets through third-party applications with extra features.

 
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