Remember #RIPTwitter last year, here’s a tech writers take on Twitter’s moves. Could Twitter be more like Facebook than we think?
‘At a time when Twitter is still clawing desperately for traction — it has launched multiple live-streaming products and overhauled its harassment policies in a bid to budge its stagnant user growth and clean up the more noxious and abusive discourse in its commons — giving the algorithm more control over users’ feeds would be a logical next move. It would be risky, sure. But for Twitter, at this juncture, the risks of inaction may be greater.
Yet if ever-greater personalization is the answer to Twitter’s business woes, it’s unlikely to be the answer to the woes of a media ecosystem in which all news has become “fake news” to someone. Presenting people with contrary viewpoints simply isn’t a recipe for massive gains in engagement, for reasons that may run too deep in human nature to change.
On the other hand, the main alternatives to Twitter as a news source — Fox News, CNN, Facebook, et al. — all have their own crises of credibility and perception, driven in part by the perverse incentives of their respective business and audience models. If Twitter is right that its users value at least some diversity of viewpoints in their feeds — and if it’s serious about being a place people come for information rather than just entertainment or endorphins — we’ll be better off with a more automated Twitter than we would be with no Twitter at all.’
Inside the changes quietly reshaping Trump’s favorite platform (this one): http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/cover_story/2017/03/twitter_s_timeline_algorithm_and_its_effect_on_us_explained.html?wpsrc=sh_all_tab_tw_bot