Content Recommendation Startup Thirst Brings Its Twitter App To The iPhone


Thirst, an app that helps users get caught up with important news as it’s shared on Twitter, is expanding beyond the iPad today with the launch of a “universal” app that works on the iPhone and iPod Touch, too.

Thirst launched in May, and as co-founder and CEO Anuj Verma tells me, its goal for the current app is to bring people up-to-speed on the most important Twitter updates. So when you open Thirst, you get a personalized “newspaper” with the hottest news stories since the last time you opened the app — which could be an hour or a week ago.

Behind the scenes, Verma says Thirst has developed a natural language processor that determines which tweets are related to a given news topic, regardless of the exact words used. As an example, Verma says that on the day of the Supreme Court decision on healthcare, Thirst…

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