A lot of worries and concerns are coming from users on one of the biggest social media sites in the entire world. The hashtag #RIPTwitter has started trending as reports are coming out that Twitter will end up moving to algorithmic timelines, and it’s not a change that many Twitter users are thrilled about.
Newsweek has reported that Twitter is going to be mixing up its algorithm and changing the way things are ordered. This means that the reverse chronological order will be going away with a suggested popular tweets version arriving at the top. This is not something that fans are happy with and it has brought about a lot of outrage and anger.
Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, did reveal the possible plans coming from the social media giant.
“You will see us continue to question our reverse chronological timeline, and all the work it takes to build one by finding and following accounts… We continue to show a questioning of our fundamentals in order to make the product easier and more accessible to more people.”
According to Buzzfeed, the change could happen as early as next week, and it’s not known if users will be forced to use the algorithmic feed or have an option to keep it the old way.
Right now, Twitter users love being able to have their timeline and feeds in whatever method they really want it to be. It is based on their choices, preferences, interests, and the like. Being able to do customize the experience also allows users to bypass some advertisements, announcements, and things they just don’t feel like seeing or being subjected to.
Twitter is also looking to possibly add “Friend Requests” and remove “Follows.” If that isn’t making it even more like Facebook, it’s hard to know what is. As a result, the ridicule and backlash from users is growing.
— DooM Killa (@ltsKilla) February 6, 2016
While everything isn’t confirmed, Marketing Land is stating that the new algorithmic timelines on Twitter will be used voluntarily. If that is the case, and users aren’t forced to apply them to their feeds, then all of this worry and concern may be over nothing.
As popular as Twitter is, and the countless users that utilize the social media platform, many feel as if the concern and anger is already over nothing. Chris Sacca is a major investor in Twitter, but he is not employed by them, and he feels people need to calm down.
There is a 0% chance Twitter eliminates the chronological feed.
— Chris Sacca (@sacca) February 6, 2016
The #RIPTwitter hashtag is gaining a lot of popularity. It’s trending near the top of the list, and it has been for quite some time. Until some concrete and solid information is released on the algorithmic timelines, including who will or won’t be forced to use them, expect that hashtag to continue.
Some celebrities such as William Shatner and Rob Lowe aren’t happy, either, and they’ve publicly spoken their minds about it. They’re far from the only ones, though. If only Twitter would give the public world a little more info, the backlash may not be as chaotic.
The #RIPTwitter hashtag is trending in full force as users express that they don’t want algorithmic timelines and certainly don’t want Facebook 2.0. The world is always full of change, but social media users are asking Twitter not to fix something that they feel already works. The #RIPTwitter hashtag is speaking volumes.
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