Twitter are experimenting with a new timeline and people are not happy
What do you think?
I'd wager that a fair amount of the people you know on Twitter prefer it to other social media sites because of its interface and simplicity. Also, it's easier to unfollow people that constantly post pictures of cats.
Another one of the more popular traits of Twitter is that your timeline is in chronological order, handy if you're following live events or breaking news, but the company are experimenting with a new timeline that's more like the one Facebook currently uses. i.e. random posts appearing in no particular pattern.
Twitter has said that they're currently experimenting with this new timeline on some users accounts as tweets now appear in order of relevance as opposed to the time they were sent.
"Yes, this is an experiment. We're continuing to explore ways to surface the best content for people using Twitter," spokeswoman Liina Potter said in an emailed statement.
Some people are not impressed with the changes.
Hey. @Twitter. This "timeline out of order" nonsense is exactly why I deleted Facebook. You are equally disposable. Don't do it.
— 𝚁𝚊𝚌𝚑𝚎𝚕 𝚂𝚑𝚊𝚛𝚙 (@WrrrdNrrrdGrrrl) December 9, 2015
Hey @twitter I do not want my timeline in random, non-chronological order. That's why I want to burn facebook to the ground.
— CD Covington (@exaggerated) December 8, 2015
— JR Raphael (@JRRaphael) December 8, 2015
I swear to god, @twitter, you take my timeline out of order and will mail the contents of my cat's litter box to your headquarters.
— Unkillable. (@AngerMonkey) December 8, 2015
The #Twitter timeline change could also make it harder for journalists to correct erroneous tweets in an effective and transparent way.
— Joanna Smith (@smithjoanna) December 8, 2015
Quotes via Reuters