CEO Says Twitter Won’t Turn Into Facebook, Allays Fears Over Algorithm
In the last few days reports have trickled out , which suggest that Twitter will soon adopt an algorithmic timeline, which also mean that the micro-blogging service could become more like Facebook. However, in a series of tweets, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has put a rest to all these rumours and claimed that Twitter is going to remain the way it is by being more ‘Twitter-y’.
As reports about Twitter adopting an algorithmic timeline surfaced people feared that it was becoming more like Facebook, but Dorsey said, “Hello Twitter! Regarding #RIPTwitter: I want you all to know we’re always listening.”
He also said that no update to the timeline was planned for next week. “We never planned to reorder timelines next week,” he tweeted.
Dorsey reaffirmed a commitment to maintain Twitter’s real time live feed. “Twitter is live. Twitter is real-time. Twitter is about who & what you follow. And Twitter is here to stay! By becoming more Twitter-y,” he tweeted.
Twitter is live. Twitter is real-time. Twitter is about who & what you follow. And Twitter is here to stay! By becoming more Twitter-y.
â€” Jack (@jack) February 6, 2016
While saying this, however, Dorsey, didn’t deny the fact that Twitter was working on an algorithmic product. In fact, if anything, he insinuated, that Twitter is working on a supercharged version of the ‘while you were away’ feature, which allows users to surface tweets from their network while they weren’t online. “Look at “while you were away” at the top of your TL. Tweets you missed from people you follow. Pull to refresh to go back to real-time,” he wrote.
Dorsey said he loved the real time stream and the experience would be refined and it would not be made less live. He also showed cognisance of the fact that Twitter was about real time topics and dynamics and not dependent on a social network of friends.
“Twitter can help make connections in real-time based on dynamic interests and topics, rather than a static social/friend graph. We get it,” he wrote.