Twitter Changes Its Timeline Randomly, Angers Users
Twitter is experimenting with a new feature that will make tweets appear randomly, as compared to in a chronological order. This change was noticed when some users started tweeting amidst confusion. Meanwhile, a Twitter spokesperson said:
“We’re continuing to explore ways to surface the best content for people using Twitter.”
However, this is not the first time that Twitter is experimenting with such a feature, and this time they’re not being too subtle about it. This new feature is unlike the “while you were away” feature, that still allowed you to preserve the original order of tweets. The latest change will put them in any random order. Some reports have compared this action to Facebook’s timeline where posts are shown in accordance with how popular they are instead of when they were put up.
— Nicole Eclectic (@Nic_Leigh) 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.
— #unlikeable (@AngerMonkey) December 8, 2015
CEO Jack Dorsey had earlier mentioned that the company would “continue to question our reverse chronological timeline”; so keeping in tune with that, this move should have been expected. Like most things, people will get used to this too.