This just in: why news is Twitter's next frontier

by Casey Newton


I wrote about the new experimental Twitter account Event Parrot, and what it suggests about Twitter's future ambitions around journalism:

Event Parrot differs sharply from its predecessor in one key respect. Magic Recs says, "Follow me and I’ll tell you who’s worth following." Event Parrot says, "Follow me, and you’ll know the news no matter whom you follow." Before now, Twitter has largely left to users the question of which news sources to follow. With Event Parrot, the company is positioning itself as a kind of gatekeeper.