Twitter Launching Explore Tab for iOS, Android Apps

Twitter introduced a new Explore tab Thursday, where users will be able to find trending topics, Moments, search and live videos.

Twitter introduced a new Explore tab Thursday, where users will be able to find trending topics, Moments, search and live videos.

The social network confirmed last October that it was testing its new Explore tab in its iOS and Android applications.

Product designer Angela Lam announced in a blog post Thursday that Explore will begin rolling out for iOS users Thursday, with Android to follow “in the coming weeks.” She wrote:

There are many ways to see what’s happening on Twitter. Outside of your timeline, trends show you what topics are being discussed right now, Moments capture the most popular stories so you can catch up and search helps you find anything and everything.

Until today, you had to go to a few different places to find each of these experiences. As part of our continued efforts to make it easier to see what’s happening, we’re bringing all of these together. Very soon, you’ll be able to find trends, Moments, search and the best of live video, all within the new Explore tab.

Over the past year, we’ve been exploring different ways to make it simpler for people to find and use trends, Moments and search. During our research process, people told us that the new Explore tab helped them easily find news, what’s trending and what’s popular right now.

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Although Lam stressed, “Nothing is going away,” Moments appears to be the big loser in this update, as access to the feature was moved from the toolbar at the bottom of the apps (replaced by Explore) and toward the bottom of the new Explore tab.

Readers: What are your initial impressions of Twitter’s new Explore tab?