As Twitter's growth stagnates, stock prices drop and the company struggles to find permanent leadership, users fear that the service may not last much longer if the company can't start making money. What's more, Twitter is notoriously difficult to learn and appeals mainly to a niche market of media and celebrities. It begs the question: Why would anybody use Twitter?
On Thursday, Twitter offered an answer: a new feature, so far codenamed "Project Lightning," that will add a special tab in the official app where you can follow feeds of live, breaking events throughout the day. Currently, when news breaks, users are tasked with scrapping together a column or list, exploring trending hashtags and hoping their followers are tweeting reliable and up-to-date information. No more.