While Facebook’s newsfeed has undergone many tweaks and redesigns over the years, there have been no any changes as such in Twitter’s feed in its eight-year history. However, according to the sources and as told by Twitter executives Twitter may have filtered feeds in some days.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Twitter CFO Anthony Noto made comments that many interpreted to mean the company may be considering making significant changes to how tweets are surfaced in users’ main timelines.
“If you think about our search capabilities we have a great data set of topical information about topical tweets,” Noto said. This, he says, opens up the opportunity for “an algorithm that delivers the depth and breadth of the content we have on a specific topic and then eventually as it relates to people.”
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Twitter users are accustomed to seeing tweets in reverse chronological order i.e. their most recent tweets first, regardless of relevance or any other criteria. However, in order to organize the content better, Twitter’s recent updates have made small tweaks to what people see in their feeds.
However, there is no confirmation as such if these changes are indeed in Twitter’s immediate pipeline.
Although Twitter has never used algorithms the way other social networks have, the microblogging site has been slowly making changes to what users see in their feeds. For instance, recently it started surfacing favorites, including those from accounts people aren’t following, in users’ timelines, causing mixed reactions.
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