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Twitter looks a little different these days, but there’s no need to panic. Twitter has added a ‘moments’ feature that lets you check into what’s happening right then and there, around the world no matter who you follow and never mind the hashtag.

That new little lightening bolt at the top of your screen takes you to a collection of, well, moments, that are happening right then, but arranged by tabs like “fun,” “today” or “entertainment.”

Each tab has a collection of trending tweets that offers a comprehensive look at whatever topic you might be interested in.

For instance, if you’re just dying to see what your fave celebrities have been doing while you’ve been away, you can click on the “celebrity tweets you missed” category under the “entertainment” tab and watch Taylor Swift do this:

Or, if you are desperate for news about the South Carolina floods, you click “news” and find the collection of stories about the dams breaking:

The addition of the moments feature allows you to keep current on things that are important to you, that are happening right that second. The moments constantly update, and you’ll know you’re getting the latest tweets when you see the blue dot next to the stories you’ve clicked to follow.

Twitter explains on its blog, “For stories that update very frequently — like live sporting events or awards shows where it’s critical to know what’s happening minute by minute — you’ll see an option to follow the Moment, which blends the Tweets directly into your timeline. So you can keep track of the latest updates in real time without having to tap back and forth between tabs. When that story ends, so do the Tweets, leaving your timeline just as it was before..”

Searching for news about specific stories just became a whole lot easier, so you officially have no excuse not to know what’s going on in the world. Or with the new Star Wars movie.


(Images via Twitter)