Allvoices, a site which invites its members to report news and aggregates stories from news outlets alongside just announced via a press release that it has started to integrate live, event- and location- specific Twitter data into its citizen reports.
Allvoices' proprietory algorithm vets contributor reports, looking around the web for similar stories to establish reliability. Tweets will now provide additional context for this reports, and can contribute to the verification process. For mainstream news, Allvoices aggregates real-time tweets that discuss the same news to show users what conversations are occurring around these reports.
The site also carries a page displaying a feed of all contributors' tweets, along with any stories and events to which they might relate. This 'Twitter News Bureau' takes each tweet that is thought to be news-related and offers links to contributor reports, news articles, images and other tweets that are thought to add context.
"Twitter alone as a source for news doesn't have the ability to tell a full story. Allvoices delivers the full story for a report plus a deeper understanding of the conversations going on around that event," said Dr Sanjay Sood, chief technical officer at AllVoices.