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Twitter co-founder considering news network

Idea strikes co-founder after LA earthquake

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone is eager to use Twitter messages to help create a news network, Reuters reported on Monday.

"I think a Twitter News Service would be something that would be very open and shared with many different news organisations around the world," he added.

A Twitter news network would not necessarily be run by the microblogging site itself but would be in partnership with several existing news organisations, and would be open, Stone said.

The idea of a Twitter news network struck Stone nearly two years ago after an earthquake occurred near Los Angeles.

Soon after the quake, Stone wrote in the Twitter Blog about how several news agencies got their feed from a news wire service nearly nine minutes after people began tweeting about the tremors from their homes, businesses or on commutes.

"Whether it's updates from best friends, internet pals, companies, brands, or breaking world events, the real-time aspect of sending and receiving Twitter updates continues to motivate our work," he wrote.