As of now, Twitter’s feed features recap tweets for iPhone users. Twitter will look out for tweets (from followed accounts) that are especially significant and display them when users return to the platform. As reported, Twitter is now showing tweets users missed to the top of their timeline within the official iOS application. It’s a move tantamount to Facebook’s algorithmic tweaking of News Feed, but Twitter will document missed tweets under a “While you were away” flag.
Twitter won’t totally change its reverse sequential course. The steady and constant stream of content is precisely why individuals sign up on the social media platform.
Product manager Paul Rosania stated on a blog entry on Wednesday that Twitter’s objective is to help users keep up with what’s happening around the world, regardless of the amount of time they spend on app. He added that a couple of enhancements to the timeline can help keep that promise without trading off the real-time feature of Twitter.
In the meantime, Facebook’s new feed showing most “important” stories constantly attracts critics for hiding posts individuals need on see.
But while Facebook feels like a small social circle, Twitter can appear like an insider’s club, where individuals keep their timelines open throughout the day and private jokes get widespread.
The system, which opened up to the world a year ago, has attempted to catch the eye of new clients who aren’t writers and tech-minded people. Committed users don’t miss much, but those who just open the Twitter application then and now, will be totally unaware of what’s going on. The new “while you were away” gimmick will make Twitter less of a private club and more of an inviting network.
Twitter advertised the new feature a couple of months ago, not long after beginning to show individuals tweets from accounts they don’t follow. That move was disliked. However Twitter CEO Dick Costolo noted it was intended to offer crisp content when there was nothing but the same old thing to display. Users can turn this one of but it is not certain if a similar option is available with the missed tweets.
With shareholders seemingly unconvinced about Twitter’s future, Costolo has a range of item upgrades prepared for 2015 to pull in new clients and attract the 500 million guests who never sign in to really use the platform. “While you were away” is the first venture.
As with any new gimmick, Twitter recap has been seeing a blended response. Some are happy to see tweets they may have missed, while others are disappointed to see the gimmick consuming up space on the Home screen. The feature is only available for iOS. Android and Web users will have to hold up a little more.
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