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Twitter feed balagan

Twitter probably thinks it’s doing us a favour algorithmically sorting tweets but what it’s really doing is creating a frustrating Twitter feed balagan.

Twitter probably thinks it’s doing us a favour algorithmically sorting tweets but what it’s really doing is creating a frustrating Twitter feed balagan.

Algorithmic Twitter feed balagan

One of the reasons I use Twitter so much more than Facebook (which I barely use, such that when I do open the Facebook app, I frequently see messages from Facebook trying to reassure me that it’s safe to return) is that Twitter has historically let me just see tweets in reverse chronological order.

Sure, Twitter also has a sort of “featured tweets” section at the top of my feed. For the most part, that’s ok, because I can scroll down to see everything else. That doesn’t happen anymore. If I look at a sampling of my Twitter feed (below*), it’s a mess. I have tweets presented in random time order and I’m not even sure if that is all of them.

Twitter may be doing this because they realise that users who follow a lot of people hardly ever see everything. Or something. At the same time, don’t mess with what I do get to see. This algorithmic approach to presenting my Twitter feed just kills the value for me.

At the moment, the only thing that keeps me returning to Twitter is because I haven’t worked out how to follow all the awesome people who make it worthwhile, outside Twitter (yet). As soon as I figure that out, the Twitter app will join Facebook in Phone Limbo.

*Here’s that Twitter feed sample, if you’re interested. Look at the timestamps:

A sample of my mess of a Twitter feed.

By Paul

Enthusiast, writer, Happiness Engineer at Automattic. I take photos too. Passionate about my wife, Gina and #proudDad.

3 replies on “Twitter feed balagan”

Nathan Jeffery – George, South Africa – Results driven, technology strategist and business enthusiast. Fuelled by artisan coffee, I work remote, consulting on product development and infrastructure.
Nathan Jeffery says:

Twitter has really been implementing some frustrating changes. It sometimes feels like the product is being developed by people who don’t actually use it themselves.

Paul Jacobson – Modiin, Israel – Enthusiast, writer, Happiness Engineer at @automattic. I take photos too. Passionate about my wife, Gina and #proudDad.
Paul says:

That or they are so focused on building momentum that they are a little too focused on what Facebook is doing (and ignoring why people revert back to Twitter for certain things instead of Facebook).

Nathan Jeffery – George, South Africa – Results driven, technology strategist and business enthusiast. Fuelled by artisan coffee, I work remote, consulting on product development and infrastructure.
Nathan Jeffery says:

The last thing we need is another Facebook.

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