Twitter has now implemented a new Twitter timeline algorithm. What is the purpose of the new algorithm other than starting to feel like Facebook and controlling what you see and when you see it? One idea behind this is for Twitter to help monetize the platform. Control over content equals the ability to charge for appearing in your feed.
How has Twitter worked up to now?
Twitter has allowed us to see all posts made by those that we follow in the order they get posted. If we follow someone we see their posts in our Twitter feed at the time they are made, no filters unless you had applied them to your account personally.
How is the new algorithm working?
So far, what we can tell about how this Twitter algorithm is going to work is that is taking the most popular posts that you have not seen since you last checked your feed. It will populate these posts to the top of your feed to assure you see them. Once you see those posts, it will then showcase the rest of your feed in chronological order as it has worked in the past. We can’t guarantee it is going to stay this way but it this is how it seems to be working to this point.
Now, you do have a little bit of control as of now, as of right now, you can turn this on or off.
How to Enable the Twitter Algorithm on Desktop
On your desktop hop into your Settings by clicking your photo, “Account Settings”, and scroll down to “Timeline“. Enable the checkbox to show the best tweets first.
How to enable/disable Twitter Algorithm on Mobile
To enable the algorithm on your mobile device or phone open your app and click “Me“, tap the Gear, go into “Settings“, click “Account Settings“, and then “Timeline Personalization“. Under Timeline Personalization is where you will be able to enable or disable the algorithm.
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Steve Dotto here. How the heck are you doing this fine day? Me? I’m feeling fit as a fiddle and ready to twiddle—well, ready to Twitter. Today on DottoTech, we are going to talk about Twitter’s new algorithm. Twitter is an all grown-up social network now with their very own algorithm. Are they going to mess things up? Let’s have a quick chat about that today on DottoTech.
Now Twitter has been struggling to figure out its identify for some time. They seem to be this. They seem to be that. Recently, they have released an algorithm. Now what does that mean to you and I? It means this – it means that Twitter historically has delivered content into our feed completely unfiltered. If we follow somebody, we get to see their posts in our newsfeed, in our Twitter feed and they come in chronologically, just one after the other, a steady stream with absolutely no filters in place unless we apply filters ourselves. Twitter has decided that they are doing to now implement an algorithm which has a bunch of the online world up in arms. They’re going to become like Facebook, deciding what we can see and what we can’t see. Of course, the goal of creating an algorithm is ultimately figuring out how to monetize things better because if they have an algorithm, they can decide what we see and when we see it. That means that they can start to charge for us to see what they want, when they want, when they can make profit. So there’s a little bit of mistrust happening here.
So far though, it seems fairly benefit. Here is first of all, as far as we can tell, how this Twitter algorithm is working and secondly how you enable it because it’s not automatically enabled. So how it’s working right now as far as we can understand is it has taken the most popular posts that you may have missed, the ones that create the most engagement from the people you follow and it populates them to the top of your feed. As you scroll down, the feed then reverts into the normal chronological full feed. That’s the way it seems to be working at this point. No guarantees it’s going to stay that way but that’s what’s happening.
Now how do we manage it? We turn it on in mobile or in our desktop, both of them by going into our settings. So let’s jump over. I’ll quickly show you how to set it up in both mobile and desktop. If you go into your Settings, underneath your picture, underneath your avatar on the desktop version of Twitter, you can always find the Settings. That of course is where we’re going to go to set the settings here. Here under the Account Settings, if we look down here in Content, it’s under the Timeline. It says Show me the best tweet first. If you enable that, then the algorithm will kick in and you will see the most popular tweets that you’ve missed at the top of your newsfeed.
Setting it up in your mobile phone, almost identical. You go to Me. When you’re at Me, which brings up your profile, you can then tap on the gear icon there. An extra step here, you go into Settings and it’s not immediately evident in the Settings. Instead, you have to go into your Account Settings and in your Account Settings, you find Timeline Personalization where you can also enable the algorithm. Is it good? Is it bad? I have no idea. I think it’s almost predestined. Twitter has to figure out a way to make themselves more viable, to be more vibrant and to move with the times. This is a step in that direction as far Twitter is concerned.
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