Don’t Panic Your Twitter Timeline Isn’t Changing

Don’t Panic Your Twitter Timeline Isn’t Changing

Twitter users went crazy over the weekend after reports that Twitter was changing its News Feed to an algorithm which would reorder news it thinks people want to see, #RIPTwitter trended until CEO Jack Dorsey tried to calm people’s nerves.

ERIN MARY Doyle
Posted by ERIN MARY Doyle

The Buzzfeed report claimed “The timeline will reorder tweets based on what Twitter’s algorithm thinks people most want to see, a departure from the current feed’s reverse chronological order.

“Twitter has been testing the algorithmic timeline with a small group of users. It appears the test went well enough to roll it out more broadly.”

The algorithm change would be an expansion of the ‘while you were away feature’; Twitter users will see highlights from the time they weren’t one the platform, pull to refresh, and they will get the regular in-order feed.

The timeline change did not go down well with Twitter users; many accusing Twitter of copying Facebook’s algorithm and others threatening to leave the platform if the change occurs:

Twitter employees did indeed panic, senior software engineer Brandon Carpenter and CEO Jack Dorsey both tried to allay fears:

B&T has contacted Twitter Australia for a comment, a representative said no further comment beyond what Jack Dorsey has already tweeted.