Twitter is rumored to roll out an Algorithmic Timeline as soon as next week. Twitter users are up in arms under #RIPTwitter top trending hashtag.
A rumor about a new Twitter feature has triggered a shit storm on the social media service. Twitter is reportedly changing the way the Timeline works. So far Twitter users saw the newest Tweet of accounts they follow on top.
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Update: Jack Dorsey reacts to #RIPTwitter: "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!"
A new algorithmic Timeline is going to re arrange Tweets based on what Twitter thinks you are most interested in. Buzzfeed reports that Twitter is rolling out the Algorithmic Timeline as soon as next week.
Twitter users are freaking out based on the rumor and voice their dismal of personalized Timeline. Even actor Rob Lowe chimed in and tweeted: "One of the great rewards of being an adult is deciding ON YOUR OWN who (and what) you should be interested in."
It is not clear yet if Twitter is rolling out the algorithmic Timeline as default. Given the up roar Twitter management is well advised to make the new Timeline an option for users to opt in. Similar to the choice users have to view Tweets in search under Top, Live and News.
As this is just a rumor at this point and no details are available on how exactly Twitter will implement this feature, it is premature to get aggregated about it.
We are getting force fed by most services with information those services thinks we most likely want to see. Google is the best example of this.
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Twitter is also supposed to consider to lift the limit fo the length of tweets. Jack Dorsey who is back as CEO at Twitter since last Fall announced last month major management changes as key people left. Twitter is changing in some form or another to stay relevant.