Pretty soon, you’ll see tweets, videos and photos from people you may or may not know (but most importantly) don’t follow appearing on your timeline as Twitter has started rolling a new feature to its users.
The social networking company recently updated the description of a timeline under “What’s a Twitter timeline” on the Twitter support page. It reads as follows:
What’s in your home timeline:
When you sign in to Twitter, you’ll land on your home timeline.
Your home timeline displays a stream of Tweets from accounts you have chosen to follow on Twitter.
Additionally, when we identify a tweet, an account to follow, or other content that’s popular or relevant, we may add it to your timeline. This means you will sometimes see tweets from accounts you don’t follow. We select each Tweet using a variety of signals, including how popular it is and how people in your network are interacting with it. Our goal is to make your home timeline even more relevant and interesting.
You may also see content such as promoted tweets or retweets in your timeline.
The newest updates are at the top. You can reply, retweet, or favourite a tweet from within the timeline.
Clicking anywhere on a Tweet in your timeline expands the tweet, so you can see photos, videos, and other information related to that tweet.
The new feature is similar to how Facebook displays pages and posts from accounts you don’t know but rather who your friends follow, have liked or commented on posts.
This probably won’t go down too well with many users – one of the many reasons some prefer Twitter over Facebook is that it does away with the gimmicks. Twitter doesn’t constantly change its algorithms but rather present tweets you want to see from people you choose to follow in a chronological order.
(Recently the company also introduced the appearance of tweets favourited by people you follow on your timeline and as push notifications, which has left many Twitter users frustrated, according to reports.)
Let us know what you think about this change.[Source – The Next Web, Image – Flickr CC Open Source]