#RIPTwitter is trending following a Buzzfeed article revealing that the platform is to roll out a Facebook-style algorithm feed. The move has angered many of its users, who cherish the current equality of the timeline, where celebrity voices nestle next to Joe Bloggs.
We've posted a poll in response to the move, asking users which change they'd prefer. At the time of writing, after nearly 700 votes, introducing an edit button is in the lead (44%), while the algorithm is losing by some margin (3% of votes). You can have your say by clicking here.
This seems to be a classic example of a corporation alienating its core user base in order to reach out to a different audience. It'll be interesting to see whether this spells success or gloom for Twitter, I suspect the latter.
Yet, Jack Dorsey, who took the reins of Twitter as permanent CEO in October, has expressed a willingness to rethink the platform’s core tenets. “We continue to show a questioning of our fundamentals in order to make the product easier and more accessible to more people,” he said in July. In November, the company killed off the traditional term favorites and replaced it with likes. An algorithmic feed would be, to date, the boldest change so far under Dorsey. Also being rethought: Twitter’s 140 character limit, which seems headed for an end as well. Twitter has been testing the algorithmic timeline with a small group of users. It appears the test went well enough to roll it out more broadly.