Twitter has announced a new product that will make its real-time news feed accessible to everyone whether they are on desktop, mobile or even signed into Twitter.
According to the Verge, the product is called Project Lightning and according to Twitter’s Kevin Weil, it will be a brand new way to look at tweets.
Twitter has taken a decidedly editorial approach to news curation, complete with a team of people with newsroom backgrounds who will identify the best tweets for anyone online trying to follow a news story, so the users will not need to rely on blogs to realize the meaning from the events Twitter thrives on.
Project Lighting, on mobile, will live in Twitter’s home row and show collections about current events and breaking news. Each collection will be updated in real time and load instantly. They will also take over the device’s entire screen, for showing off photos, video, Vines and Periscopes. The new functionality will work whether the user is an active user or not. The collections themselves can be embedded online and in other apps.
Lightning is allegedly a few months away from release and there is currently no projected release date for the functionality.