Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey addressed rumors that the social media platform would revamp its timelines as soon as next week. Dorsey, in a series of tweets Saturday, responded to reactions by Twitter users after BuzzFeed reported Saturday that Twitter planned to modify its current reverse chronological timeline feature to show tweets that the website thought users wanted to see.
Angry protests over the news made #RIPTwitter the top trending topic on the website Saturday.
Dorsey reassured users Saturday that Twitter's real-time heart wouldn't necessarily be going away, but stopped short of giving away any details about a new type of timeline.
I *love* real-time. We love the live stream. It's us. And we're going to continue to refine it to make Twitter feel more, not less, live!
— Jack (@jack) February 6, 2016
Twitter has reportedly already been testing this feature with a sample of users, and last year, the company rolled out a similar feature that shows users popular content they may have missed while away from the social network. However, loyal Twitter users said Saturday that an algorithm-based selection of tweets would make the platform more like Facebook, which has used an algorithm for its news feed since a decade.
In its current format, Twitter users sees posts from their subscribed accounts from the latest to the oldest, which makes it easy to track when an event occurred. The feature is also big draw for the news industry and others who rely on the micro-blogging website for breaking news.
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