You must have noticed the “While You Were Away” feature on Twitter which appears when you log in. The “While You Were Away” feature samples some of the most popular tweets that were shared when you were not online. Twitter at the moment asks whether you’d like to dismiss the feature and whether you like it or not.On Friday, you may have seen the #RIPTwitter tweets and wondered what all that fuss was about. The tweets were in response to a report that Twitter was about to release an algorithm that would shake up Twitter as we know it. One of the greatest fears was that Twitter would no longer be live and that it would no longer list tweets in a reverse chronological manner.
Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey on Saturday morning tried to calm people down through a series of tweets that promised that Twitter would not change, much and that the updates would only make Twitter, more ‘Twitter-y’.
Hello Twitter! Regarding #RIPTwitter: I want you all to know we’re always listening. We never planned to reorder timelines next week.
— Jack (@jack) February 6, 2016
The new Twitter algorithm that is about to be released is basically an expansion of the “While You Were Away” feature. Instead of seeing tweets in reverse chronological order, when you scroll down, you will see a sample of the most popular tweets and other related tweets. When you scroll back up, you will then see the Twitter feed as it was, with tweets in reverse chronological order. While Twitter battles with leaving executives and plummeting shares and trying to convince people that it will remain the same, some of the people sampling the new Twitter seem to hate it.
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