Twitter to Develop ‘DVR Mode’ to Replay Live Events, Also Aim to Eliminate Cyberbullying


One of the problems with Twitter, especially with live breaking events such as the Boston Marathon bombings, the great Texas filibuster and today’s Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage, is trying to filter out the important tweets from everything else.

Twitter wants to solve the problem and is looking into something that CEO Dick Costolo called “DVR mode” where readers can filter the best moments out of live events and replay certain conversations from these topics.

Costolo told an audience at the Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C. today about going beyond following events in reverse chronological order: “It would be nice to see things like a graphic of spikes in the conversation, what timed they happened…and be able to scroll back to that time to see what happened at that particular moment.”

He wouldn’t give specifics as to what would Twitter “DVR mode” would look like, but he confirmed that Twitter is actively testing out different features that would let users catch up and revisit live events as it happened. Also, Costolo wanted to look for ways to improve tracking of these events.

Costolo added: “That ability to track and monitor the moments within an event, either as they happen or to catch up with them, is something we want to enhance. We want to make that experience even better, curating the moments within the event, the media from it, and making it that much easier to navigate.”


Tracking and replaying events were some of the planned improvements that Costolo discussed during his Brookings Institute event. TechCrunch reported that he also talked about Twitter’s experiments with rooting out what he called “egregious, obvious harassment.” Controlling cyberbullying on Twitter poses a problem as the microblogging site allows users to be anonymous, which gives trolls the power to harass and bully users they don’t like.

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