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Twitter Retires Discover Tab in Lieu of More Detailed Trends

Adios, Discover.

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Twitter has retired its Discover tab, the section within the Twitter app that showed users what topics were trending or most popular within their network.

Twitter isn’t getting rid of the concept, though. This kind of info will now exist instead within the “Search” tab on Twitter, where trends will now include a more detailed description.

The new, more detailed trends within the Twitter app
The new, more detailed trends within the Twitter app

Before, you might simply see #BostonBombing as a trend without any context. Now, the hashtag will include more details — for example, “Boston bombing trial: Verdict reached.”

Ironically, the move is intended to help people discover more content within the Twitter app. It aligns with other changes Twitter has made over the past year, including the addition of recommended tweets in user Timelines. Twitter has long argued it has the best content on the Web, but finding that content has always been a challenge.

Part of the trouble is the real-time nature of the product. Once a tweet slides down your Timeline, there’s a good chance you’ll never see it again. That’s why Twitter also added a “while you were away” feature to surface popular tweets that were shared since you last opened the app.

A more detailed trends section may help do something similar. The new look is rolling out to English-language users in the U.S. on iOS and Android beginning Wednesday.

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