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If you use Snapchat, or more likely your child, you know the emphasis is on Snapchat stories – events that happen in succession captured with photos and videos.

For example if you attended a wedding, you might snap a photo of yourself, the church, the bride walking down the aisle, the couple exchanging rings, kissing, and walking down the aisle together as man and wife.

If you’re using Snapchat, you’re compiling these events and beaming them out in Snapchat story, and all your friends can see the wedding unfold, long before the last grain of rice hits the ground.

Twitter has introduced Moments, a Snapchat like story telling platform within the Twitter application.   It allows you to catch up to various events that have happened throughout the day under several categories.  They are:

  • Today
  • News
  • Sports
  • Entertainment
  • Fun

You can find some various stories in all these, as they are the standard headlines that you’d find in most content sites.

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Right now, I don’t see if there’s a personal Moments section for you to tell your own story to your followers, but I imagine it’s only a matter of time.

Here is an example of one story featured today.   As many would expect, Tom Hanks is a pretty cool dude.   And why wouldn’t he be, right?

Well Mr. Hanks was taking a walk in the park and he happened to find the ID of a Fordham college student.

Here’s how it played out visually, with some text.  Here is the headline, and a swipe to the right reveals the first panel of the story.

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The first swipe is a post by Hanks, with a photo of the found ID.

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One of Lauren’s friends stumbled onto the post and quickly tagged Lauren on Twitter.

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Another friend quickly interacted with Hanks, about the woman in question.

 

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A cool way to get a story in a few pictures and posts.

If you have the app on your phone, I recommend you give it a whirl.

Will Moments be enough to boost Twitter?   While the social media platform boasts hundreds of millions of users, it still trails Facebook, which now has over one billion users worldwide.

I like to receive my news this way.   It seems like this is Twitter’s answer not only to Snapchat, but Flipboard, and the new Apple News.

With so many posts on a given subject, the Moments application could be really cool.

Only time will tell.

That’s the inside pitch on Twitter’s Moments.