Sometimes, tweets are much more than just 140-character messages. Twitter on Wednesday launched Twitter stories, a new dedicated page that explores the ways Twitter has affected people’s lives.
“Today we’re launching the first in a series of Twitter stories,” Twitter said in a blog post. “Read about a single Tweet that helped save a bookstore from going out of business; an athlete who took a hundred of his followers out to a crab dinner; and, Japanese fishermen who use Twitter to sell their catch before returning to shore. Each story reminds us of the humanity behind Tweets that make the world smaller.”
On Stories.twitter.com, Twitter lets people tell personal anecdotes that run the gamut from touching to funny to inspiring, allowing people to break the usual character limit.
For example, Christ Strouth told the story of how Twitter helped him secure a kidney transplant. Strouth, who suffered from kidney disease for three years tweeted, “Sh*t, I need a kidney.” In just a few days, he said 19 people replied and offered to investigate whether or not they were a match. One person was an acquaintance named Scott Pakudaitis, who turned out to be a match, and donated his kidney to Strouth.
Twitter is inviting others to share their stories by mentioning @twitterstories or using the hashtag #twitterstories and including a link or photo that explains their tale.
“Help us uncover more stories. Tell us how you or someone else have used Twitter in an interesting way,” the post continued.
Twitter said it will update the Stories page each month.