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Twitter spotlights tweets that have helped people

Twitter Stories highlights the way single tweets have had a positive impact on users' lives.

Twitter Stories highlights inspirational tweets. Screenshot by Steven Musil/CNET

Normally an avenue for broadcasting news, opinions, and people's locations, Twitter is now highlighting how tweets have made a positive impact on individual's lives.

Tales at a new site called Twitter Stories range from movie critic Roger Ebert's use of the service after he lost his ability to speak due to cancer, to a man who found a kidney donor after tweeting "Sh*t, I need a kidney," to a man who saved his mother's bookstore with a tweet, to pro football player Chad Ochocinco treating 100 followers to dinner with a surprise invitation delivered across the service.

"Each story reminds us of the humanity behind Tweets that make the world smaller," Twitter wrote on its blog.

Twitter said it will update the site every month with more stories. People can submit stories for consideration by mentioning @twitterstories or by using the hashtag #twitterstories in their tweets.