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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11 Comments

1. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

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

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

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

2. Cslfiero

Posts: 68; Member since: Jun 29, 2015

Phone arena is a garbage website.

12. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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

4. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

rip twitter

5. GeorgeAF

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

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

6. omar98

Posts: 71; Member since: Aug 28, 2011

Facebook much?Just leave it the way it is

7. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 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....

8. KaptainKlutch

Posts: 23; Member since: Jul 16, 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).

10. KaptainKlutch

Posts: 23; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Lol just realized *crap

11. curiousDillan

Posts: 46; Member since: May 26, 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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