Twitter Plans On Making News Feeds Algorithmic
The main reason people use Twitter is because it does not use filter and brings you news as they are posted. It is generally used as a news channel which brings you every update by the people, celebrities and companies you follow. So, think about what will happen if Twitter tried to make its news feed algorithmic like Facebook and brought its users updates about people that its ‘algorithm’ decides they want to see.
You guessed it right. People have been having a full-on panic attack since the report by BuzzFeed that Twitter plans on making its news feed algorithmic starting as soon as the following week. It really brought people together in a common cause and the hashtag #RIPTwitter became very popular depicting Twitter users’ rage on planning to take this step.
This whole chaos, then, forced Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO, to clarify things. He tweeted many tweets regarding #RIPTwitter. Dorsey said, “Hello Twitter! Regarding #RIPTwitter: I want you all to know we’re always listening. We never planned to reorder timelines next week.”
“Twitter is live. Twitter is real-time. Twitter is about who & what you follow. And Twitter is here to stay! By becoming more Twitter-y.”
“Look at “while you were away” at the top of your TL. Tweets you missed from people you follow. Pull to refresh to go back to real-time.”
“I *love* real-time. We love the live stream. It’s us. And we’re going to continue to refine it to make Twitter feel more, not less, live!”
“Twitter can help make connections in real-time based on dynamic interests and topics, rather than a static social/friend graph. We get it.”
“Thank you all for your passion and trust. We will continue to work to earn it, and we will continue to listen, and talk!”
After that many tweets, it is safe to say that Twitter will not take decision from its users’ hands. If it does plan on making the news feed algorithmic, most likely it will still give users a choice of some sort.