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Twitter about to change to an algorithmic timeline?

Twitter about to change to an algorithmic timeline?
Currently, Twitter lists tweets in its timelines based on reverse chronological order. This means that when you are scrolling through the Twitter app on your phone, the most recent tweets are on top. While that makes sense to lay out the mobile Twitter feed this way, perhaps it makes too much sense. According to a report published Friday, starting as soon as next week Twitter will use an algorithm to determine which tweets it thinks that people are more interested in viewing, and will put those tweets on the top of the timelines.

There are a lot of unanswered questions. For example, there is some speculation that users will be able to select between keeping the status quo, or shifting to the algorithmic feed. Also being examined closely is the site's 140 character limit on messages. Last month, there was talk that Twitter would go to a 10,000 character cap for tweets.

There are some Twitter users who are against Twitter raising the character limit. These are the traditionalists who tend to see any change as being bad. Currently, Twitter employs a 10,000 character limit on Direct Messages sent between two Twitter members.

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source: BuzzFeed

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posted on 06 Feb 2016, 05:24 1

1. greenelektron (Posts: 528; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


A LA Facebook. Newsfeed vs Most recent. Twitter's not any more the way I knew it.

posted on 06 Feb 2016, 08:15 1

3. ibend (Posts: 3153; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


they use to be some simple site..
now they slowly evolve to google now (which is bad) :-/

posted on 06 Feb 2016, 07:41 2

2. Cslfiero (Posts: 68; Member since: 29 Jun 2015)


Phone arena is a garbage website.

posted on 06 Feb 2016, 15:49

12. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 1930; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Ban incoming. No seriously Pa has banned people for less maybe they will just send you a warning lol.

posted on 06 Feb 2016, 08:24 2

4. volcano (Posts: 327; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


rip twitter

posted on 06 Feb 2016, 08:31 2

5. GeorgeAF (Posts: 33; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)


RIP to Twitter. Might as well call it Facebook Jnr SMH

posted on 06 Feb 2016, 08:49 3

6. omar98 (Posts: 55; Member since: 28 Aug 2011)


Facebook much?Just leave it the way it is

posted on 06 Feb 2016, 09:29 1

7. JunitoNH (Posts: 1585; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Just when I begin to enjoy something, they have to mess it up. I don't use or care for Facebook. Twitter was/is simple and to the point. Bye bye birdies....

posted on 06 Feb 2016, 11:13 1

8. KaptainKlutch (Posts: 23; Member since: 16 Jul 2015)


Seriously, didn't people join twitter to get away from Facebook? If twitter really pulls this move I'll get tight. I don't want my timeline flooded with crappie that I don't want to see (I mean it kinda is already).

posted on 06 Feb 2016, 11:32

10. KaptainKlutch (Posts: 23; Member since: 16 Jul 2015)


Lol just realized *crap

posted on 06 Feb 2016, 11:20 1

9. DmitrLP (Posts: 182; Member since: 18 Sep 2015)


We need live feed not BS, you have the people you follow and their RT come to your TL, if Twitter makes this type of change i´m out,gone.

posted on 06 Feb 2016, 12:49

11. curiousDillan (Posts: 29; Member since: 26 May 2015)


Isn't that the whole beauty of Twitter? Everything in chronological order? Now I bet advertisement and *paid for* editorial goes to the top. Useless!

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