Twitter: Inserting Strangers' Tweets Into Your Timeline Is Now a Feature

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Twitter has published a blog post explaining that recommended tweets are no longer a test—they're here to stay in your timeline.


The social network has been injecting the tweets from people you don't follow into your feed for a while now. But the news confirms that this is no longer just an experiment, it's a feature.

"Choosing who to follow is a great first step – in many cases, the best Tweets come from people you already know, or know of. But there are times when you might miss out on tweets we think you'd enjoy," writes Trevor O'Brien from Twitter's product team. "To help you keep up with what's happening, we've been testing ways to include these tweets in your timeline — ones we think you'll find interesting or entertaining."

Thanks, Trevor! That does, of course, mean that our feeds are now being filled with both curated content and ads, as well as the things that we actually choose to see. The noisiest social media platform just got even noisier. [Twitter]


Platypus Man

I like Twitter because I can pick exactly what I want to see — each person has their own curated feed of tweets, some of which are theirs and others of which are retweets. Either way, they want me (a follower) to see this stuff. If I don't like what they're retweeting, I can block retweets. If I don't like any of it, I can unfollow them. However, with this "feature," I'm not seeing stuff I want to see, nor am I seeing stuff the people I follow want me to see. When someone I follow favorites a tweet from a friend regarding a subject matter that I don't understand and that they don't usually tweet about, it's just annoying. Also annoying is when it'll keep showing me the same favorited or followed tweet multiple times or multiple tweets with the same subject matter — it just makes it more transparent that this is Twitter trying to control what I see.