Twitter is opening up a new "Explore" tab on iOS and Android to a select group of users of its service. The new section is aimed at "content discovery" and showcases trending topics and simplified search tools in addition to "Moments," which the tab was previously dedicated to (via Mashable).

Moments launched a year ago this month with the purpose of showing users stories and conversations unfolding on the service in differing categories. The tab had sections like "Entertainment" and "Sports," with individual Moments changing throughout the day as big events occurred.

https-%2f%2fblueprint-api-production-s3-amazonaws-com%2fuploads%2fcard%2fimage%2f244841%2ftwitter_explore

Image via Mashable

Explore aims to expand Moment's singular purpose with more useful data for users, as well as keeping the basic structure of Moments packaged into the tab. For those who have seen the Explore section show up on mobile, it appears various sections are highlighted at first, including "Trending Now," "Today on Twitter," and "Explore All."

"As part of our continued efforts to make it easier to find what’s happening on Twitter, we’re testing a new tab for content discovery," the company said in a statement.

With Moments recently expanding into a customizable user feature, the company's future goals for Explore remain uncertain. It didn't comment on whether or not Explore would become a permanent feature for all users on iOS and Android, either.

The company has gone through a hard time over the past few months, facing its slowest revenue growth in years amid talk of rocky waters at the social network's headquarters because of uncertainty surrounding a potential buyout by other companies.

Over the summer, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admitted that the service can be confusing for newcomers and even alienating to its install base of loyal users. In attempts to keep its users happy, Twitter has recently removed media attachments from the 140 character limit, and is trying to address harassment on the service with a new tweet moderation filter system.

Tag: Twitter

Top Rated Comments

vmachiel Avatar
82 months ago
Twitter and Facebook can't die soon enough.
I like twitter, but just the way it is. I don't like moments or explore or a out of order timeline. Sure, show me an ad tweet every X amount of tweets to pay the bill, but stop changing the (successful) core concept.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LordQ Avatar
82 months ago
Twitter and Facebook can't die soon enough.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ipedro Avatar
82 months ago
Why do we even need all this new crap? I'm not using Twitter to find out about pop culture, I'm using Twitter to see what friends and acquaintances have to say about themselves.
Breaking news: you're not the only Twitter user.

Most people use Twitter to discover news, not as a social media platform. So much so that Twitter reclassified itself as a "news app" instead of a "social media app". Discovering what is happening is a central feature of Twitter. Trending topics are an important tool.

Moments has always felt like a separate app and never fit in. The redesigns that they're testing make way more sense.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

iOS 16

iOS 16.3 Now Available for Your iPhone With These 4 New Features

Friday February 3, 2023 1:13 pm PST by
Apple released iOS 16.3 in late January following nearly six weeks of beta testing. The software update is available for the iPhone 8 and newer, and while it is a relatively minor update, it still includes a handful of new features, changes, and bug fixes. Below, we've recapped new features in iOS 16.3, including support for physical security keys as a two-factor authentication option for...
HomePod 2 White and Midnight Feature Purple Blue

Apple Explains Why HomePod Was Released Again, Wi-Fi 4 Limitation, and More

Thursday February 2, 2023 7:57 am PST by
Apple's VP of hardware engineering Matthew Costello and product marketing employee Alice Chan recently spoke with Men's Journal and TechCrunch about the new second-generation HomePod in wide-ranging interviews about the smart speaker. Apple discontinued the original full-size HomePod in March 2021 after multiple reports indicated that sales of the speaker were lackluster, but Chan told Men's ...
Apple Silicon Teal Feature

The Next Big Apple Silicon Device May Not Be a Mac or iPad

Wednesday February 1, 2023 3:57 am PST by
Apple's next device with an Apple silicon chip may not be a Mac or an iPad, but rather an advanced external display, according to recent reports. The display, which is rumored to arrive this year, is expected to sit somewhere between the $1,599 Studio Display and the $4,999 Pro Display XDR – but more exact information about the device's positioning and price point is as yet unknown. While ...
iOS 16

Apple Preparing iOS 16.3.1 Update for iPhone as Wait for iOS 16.4 Beta Continues

Thursday February 2, 2023 6:41 am PST by
Apple appears to be preparing an iOS 16.3.1 update for the iPhone, based on evidence of the software in our website's analytics logs this week. It's unclear when the update will be released, but it will likely be available at some point in February. The same logs have accurately foreshadowed the release of several previous updates, including iOS 16.0.3 and iOS 16.1.1 most recently, so they...
General iOS 16 Feature Yellow

Five New iOS Features Coming to Your iPhone Later This Year

Tuesday January 31, 2023 11:58 am PST by
Apple has previously announced several upcoming iOS features that are expected to be added to the iPhone this year. Some of the features could be introduced with iOS 16.4, which should enter beta testing soon, while others will arrive later in the year. Below, we have recapped five new iOS features that are expected to launch in 2023, such as an Apple Pay Later financing option for purchases ...
Apple Pay Later Quick Green Feature

Apple Pay Later Launching 'Soon'

Thursday February 2, 2023 2:10 pm PST by
The Apple Pay Later service that Apple has in the works is set to launch "soon," Apple CEO Tim Cook told CNBC ahead of today's earnings call for the first fiscal quarter of 2023. Cook said that Apple employees are beta testing the Apple Pay Later feature, which will help Apple boost services revenue. "It will be launching soon," Cook said. Apple Pay Later was first previewed at the...
webkit vs chromium feature

Google Working on Browser for iOS That Would Break Apple's App Store Rules

Saturday February 4, 2023 1:30 am PST by
Google's Chromium developers are working on an experimental web browser for iOS that would break Apple's browser engine restrictions, The Register reports. The experimental browser, which is being actively pursued by developers, uses Google's Blink engine. Yet if Google attempted to release it on the App Store, it would not pass Apple's App Review process. Apple's App Store rules dictate...