Twitter has announced that some tweets from people you don’t follow will be included in your timeline in a bid to make your Twitter experience more relevant. Twitter has been experimenting and tweaking the timelines for some time now and based on this, the popular social network has decided to make it a standard feature for all accounts.
A couple of months back some users started getting tweets from people they didn’t follow because some person they followed had favourited them. Trevor O’Brien of Twitter says in his blog post, “There are times when you might miss out on Tweets we think you’d enjoy. To help you keep up with what’s happening, we’ve been testing ways to include these Tweets in your timeline — ones we think you’ll find interesting or entertaining.”
He further adds,”Testing indicated that most people enjoy seeing Tweets from accounts they may not follow, based on signals such as activity from accounts you do follow, the popularity of the Tweets, and how people in your network interact with them. These experiments now inform the timeline you see today.”
Twitter support writes,”You will sometimes see Tweets from accounts you don’t follow. We select each Tweet using a variety of signals, including how popular it is and how people in your network are interacting with it. Our goal is to make your home timeline even more relevant and interesting.”
Some people may not like this move from Twitter. In fact, many have already begun to express their displeasure at the change. Twitter’s own tweet about this move drew a lot of negative responses like:
“please no “,“ew stop that”, “please stop ruining your product”, “please don’t.” “Aka start getting used to forced Ads in your timeline.” “plz dont if I wanted their tweets I would follow them.”, “Where do I opt out of this, or anything close to this, FOREVER.” and many more.
Of course, it is possible that Tweeple may welcome this move once they get they used to it. What do you think about Twitter’s latest move?
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