Digital Stories – Creating Moments on Twitter


Twitter Moments enable users to curate a succinct digital story. This can be done from the web or mobile devices. Bring together Tweets, photos and videos. You can also upload your own image as a cover for your story.

Choose from Tweets you’ve liked, Tweets by account, search for Tweets or add a Tweet link. You can take your time curating your Moment story and save it as a draft. Then choose to publish when you are ready.

You also have the option to publish a Moment privately. Select ‘share moment privately’ and then simply copy and paste the Moment’s URL. Only those you share the URL with can see the Moment. It won’t be visible on your profile page.

In the event you want to remove a published Moment there are options to ‘unpublish moment’ and ‘delete moment’. There is also an edit button so you can edit a Moment in draft or published form.


How Moments could be used for Learning

  • Bring together Tweets from a specific conversation
  • Curate Tweets relating to a specific topic in the news
  • Research and gather Tweets for a project
  • Gather Tweets to highlight Fake News for later critical discussion
  • During a lecture or a conference like the Tweets you wish to later gather
  • At the end of a class ask students to Tweet a reflective post with a designated class hashtag – the Tutor can then gather and share
  • As above but ask students to answer a question.


How to create a Moment via web

There are three ways to begin creating your own Moment. You can access Moments through the Moments tab, your profile page, or through a Tweet detail. To get started all you need is a title, description, Tweets, and a selected cover image.

Twitter Moment


From the Moments tab:

  1. From the Moments tab, click the Create new Moment button.
  2. Click the Title your Moment field to give your Moment a name.
  3. Click the Add a description field to type in a description for your Moment.
  4. Choose Tweets to add to your Moment:
    1. From the Add Tweets to your Moment section at the bottom of the page, quickly access content to select Tweets from Tweets I’ve liked, Tweets by account, Tweet link, and Tweet search prompts.
    2. To add a Tweet to your Moment, click on the checkmark icon 
  5. Click Set cover to choose a cover image from one of your selected Tweets, or to upload an image from your computer. Drag your selected image to set a Mobile preview, click the Next button, then click the Save button.
    Note: To change your selected image, hover over the cover image and click on Change cover media. After you’ve set your cover media, the source will be credited below the image.
  6. Once you have Tweets in your collection, click on the up  or down arrow buttons  to the right of a Tweet to move it up or down.
  7. Click on the delete button  to remove a Tweet from your Moment.
  8. Click on the crop button  next to any of your selected Tweets to make an image selection for mobile viewing.
  9. Click the Finish later button at the top of the page to save a draft.
  10. When you are ready to make your Moment live, click on the Publish button at the top of the page.

From a Tweet:

  1. Click the more button 
  2. Select New Moment to add the Tweet to a new Moment.
    Note: Any completed Moments or drafts you have in progress will also be listed in the drop-down to choose from.
  3. Follow the directions above to complete your Moment.

From the Moments tab on your profile page:

  1. Click on the Moments tab, then click the Create new Moment button to get started.
  2. Follow the directions above to complete your Moment.

Note: Access all of your Moments (draft or published) by selecting Moments from your profile icon drop down menu.

More options while creating a Moment via web

From the More menu at the top of the page:

  1. Click on ••• More while in draft mode.
    1. Select Choose mobile theme color if you’d like to apply one.
    2. Select Mark that Moment contains sensitive material if appropriate.
    3. Select Share Moment privately to copy and paste your Moment’s URL to share privately with others.
      Note: The Moment will only be visible to people who have the URL, it will not be visible on your profile page, or published on Twitter.
    4. Select Unpublish Moment to unpublish a Moment you have previously published.
    5. Select Delete Moment to permanently remove the Moment from your profile and Twitter.
      Note: You will see a confirmation pop-up message to confirm the deletion.

After you’ve saved your Moment as a draft:

  • You can click on the Edit button under the Moment description to continue editing your Moment.
  • Click the Tweet button under the Moment description to share your Moment with your followers.
    Note: The Tweet compose box will pop up giving you an opportunity to edit or add to the auto-populated Moment title and link in the compose box.
  • Click on the more button  under the Moment description to send your Moment via Direct Message, and to view the copy and embed links to your Moment.
    Note: As you scroll through your saved or published Moment you will see a menu pop-up on the left hand side to conveniently Edit, Tweet, or Message your Moment.

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Image: Pixabay – Public Domain licence

About Sue Beckingham

A National Teaching Fellow, Educational Developer and Principal Lecturer in Computing with a research interest in the use of social media in higher education.
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