I read an interesting article about how twitter is experimenting with twitter feeds.
Turns out that we’re going to start seeing tweets in our feeds from people we don’t follow, as well as those we do. Oh no, it’s the end of the world I can hear them cry.
Tweets from people you don’t follow.
The people at twitter seem to think we’re missing out on many tweets we might enjoy because we’re not following a user.
Twitter has previously experimented with recommended tweets, accounts and hash tags and now it’s going to start playing with showing tweets from users you don’t follow in your timeline.
We’re testing & exploring ways to include Tweets in your timeline we think you’ll find interesting or entertaining: https://t.co/K9zqg5nTg0
— Twitter (@twitter) October 17, 2014
How will this work?
From what I can tell, there will be certain signals that will decide whether a tweet from someone you don’t follow will be included in your timeline for not.
These signals revolve around the activity of people in your network.
For example, if 12 people you follow favourite, comment on or re-tweet the same tweet, it may show up in your timeline.
12 is a random number I pulled out of my ass. It might be 12. It might be 1200. Shrug.
Why oh why are you doing this to us?
According to twitter, the rational behind this is:
- to make your timeline more interesting by showing you things it thinks you’ll like.
- to make the timeline of new users who don’t follow many accounts more interesting so they’ll stick around longer.
Do we want to see tweets from those we don’t follow?
The responses to twitters announcement seem mainly negative. Many users comparing this to how Facebook have destroyed their timeline. And oh, how Facebook have destroyed their time line!
I avoid Facebook all together unless I get a notification. Which is usually my uncle sending me a life on Bubble Which 2 Saga. I’m not even joking.
It’s potentially a good idea in that it promotes great tweets and may allow us to network with others that are similar to us (I mean, hey, I might find some new bloggers to stalk and obsess over), but what concerns me is: is it going to make the gap between those with few followers and those with many followers bigger?
Surely someone with thousands of followers will get more interaction than someone with hundreds, so is this feature just catapulting those with already some degree of Twitter fame even more?
I know that if I think my followers will enjoy something – I simply retweet. It does seem a little redundant to promote popular tweets by inserting them in timelines too!
What do you think about twitter inserting tweets from those you don’t follow into your timeline?
Is it social media suicide, or pure genius?