Hidden among the avalanche of Twitter's retweets and trending topics there are, on occasion, 140-character gold nuggets: cultural and historical moments captured in time on the social network. In a new project called Twitter Stories, the social network will mine its vast stock of tweets for these hidden gems.
The project launched with an initial series of tales that'll pique your interest and show you that the site can be used for purposes beyond venting frustrations. Among the first 14 stories compiled is the tale of Aaron Durand who used Twitter (and burritos) to promote his mother's ailing bookstore business, as well as that of a man who found a kidney donor by tweeting that he needed one.
Did you know that football player Chad Ochocinco invites some of his fans to dinner gatherings through Twitter every year? And on the other side of the world in Japan, fishermen use the site to sell their catch before they even make it to shore. In the project, Twitter looks back at the first ever tweet made from space by Mike Massimino in 2009 — astronauts (and space-based robots) have since used the site to communicate directly with the general public on Earth.
"Each story reminds us of the humanity behind Tweets that make the world smaller," the company says. The site plans to publish a collection of stories every month, and welcomes compelling tales from everyone! To submit yours, take a relevant photo or video and tweet it along with your tale and a mention of @twitterstories or append a #twitterstories hashtag.
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