Twitter Stories Attempt To Show The Human Element Of Tweeting

    November 1, 2011
    Josh Wolford

Today, Twitter has launched Twitter Stories, a site dedicated to human interest stories that revolve around the real-world impact that a single tweet can have.

According to the official Twitter blog

Today we’re launching the first in a series of Twitter stories. 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.

Twitter users with a good story to tell can submit by mentioning @twitterstories or by tweeting with the hashtag #twitterstories. Twitter suggests that submissions include either a photo or video that helps to get the story across. Twitter will pull together a selection of stories each month to share.

As of right now, the site is live, and there are numerous stories that you can browse through. For example, you can watch a video about how a Portland, Oregon man saved his mother’s bookstore with a single tweet offering burritos in exchange for book purchases.

Or there’s the story about how NFL player Chad Ochocino routinely uses Twitter to invite dozens of his fans out to dinner – and pays for all of it.

Charlie Strouth used Twitter to say, “Shit, I need a kidney,” which led to 19 people offering to get tested to see if they were a match. Strouth eventually got a kidney from a Twitter user.

As you can see, the types of stories vary, and they come from celebrities on the service to average, everyday people. Do you have a Twitter story? Let us know in the comments and tweet it to @twitterstories for your chance to be included in the collection.


Josh Wolford
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