The Social Circuit: Smart Sorting
Twitter’s latest feature, dubbed “show me the best tweets first”, will mix up users timeline and put the “most important” tweets from people they follow at the top of the timeline.
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Twitter’s latest feature, dubbed “show me the best tweets first”, will mix up users timeline and put the “most important” tweets from people they follow at the top of the timeline. The new design is based on relevancy, rather than chronology. The rest of the feed stays as was before — scrolling to the top loads in tweets chronologically.
The algorithm that will re-order the timeline is based on the one that ranks tweets for the ‘while you were away’ feature that Twitter had introduced a year ago; this makes the latest changes in the timeline look like an extension. Interestingly, for now the change is optional for users; they have to manually activate it in their accounts. However, reports suggests that Twitter will push to make the change permanent. Even in that case, users can still opt out.
The relevant tweets that will appear on the timeline will vary from user to user, since it will be based on the number of people they follow. Mike Jahr, senior engineering manager at Twitter, announced that relevant Tweets are meant to represent the “most important tweets from the people a user follows.”
Industry reports suggest that this is one of the most dramatic changes that Twitter has introduced as it changes one of the core part of a user’s experience of Twitter.
Game of Numbers
In a few weeks’ time, videos posted on Instagram will appear with a view counter below them. Users will be able to see both likes and view count. “As a widely expected industry metric for video, we believe video views are the best measure of viewer intent, and we often hear from our community they’d like to better understand how people are engaging with their videos,” said Instagram’s blog post about the announcement. The move is going to be valuable for businesses, artists, and personalities who build most of their following on Instagram.
DIG THE DATA
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