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Why Twitter launched Curator, a Storify competitor



As it gets more aggressive about growth, Twitter wants to be useful to just about everyone — including the media.

Curator, a tool the company unveiled last week, makes it easier for media outlets to figure out which topics are popular and where. News organizations can also use a search function to sift through tweets, vines and data, with filters so granular, they can narrow things down by location, word count, the feelings expressed in the tweet, and even whether tweets were sent from an iPhone or Android device.

Next, users can select tweets from the search results and present them together in a collection on their web site or elsewhere online. For example, we searched for tweets on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa last year, and found that 155,000 Twitter users had tweeted 198,000 times on the subject during a 24-hour period. …

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