Twitter to roll out interactive tweets technology by the end of the year
Twitter has announced that it will be rolling out a free service which will allow users to manually curate and display tweets related to breaking news events. The new interactive technology will enable users to see 'tweet boxes', known as cards, and will include live features to supplement a site or piece of news. The technology, which is believed will be made available by the end of the year, will be supported by the launch of a service which will allow users to download a full archive of their tweets. This comes following research which suggested a quarter of a users tweeting history is lost after only two years. The news was revealed at an Online News Association conference in San Francisco this week, where Twitter CEO Dick Costolo offered examples of the interactive features, such as live polls for sports games which would show real-time results directly within a tweet box. Costolo continued: "We want to migrate to a world in which the 140 characters can serve as a caption for additional functionality. We'd like that to include things like real-time data, even an application functionality."