Twitter’s big algorithm for timeline? CEO Jack Dorsey denies report

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said Saturday the social media website's stream of tweets will stay live and in real time.

By: Tech Desk | Published:February 7, 2016 10:04 am
Twitter, Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO change, Twitter timeline change, Twitter, Twitter algorithm change, #RIPTwitter, Twitter algorithm, Twitter real-time, Twitter real-time update, Twitter changing tweets Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has denied reports that Twitter will change the algorithm for how it reflects tweets on the timeline. (Source: AP)

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said Saturday the social media website’s stream of tweets will stay live and in real time, disputing a media report that a change was in the works.

News and entertainment site BuzzFeed reported on Friday that Twitter was going to introduce a timeline based on an algorithm rather than a real-time stream. The report upset some users, who created the hashtag RIPTwitter to debate the change. But Dorsey took to Twitter on Saturday to dispute the report.

“Twitter is live,” he tweeted. “Twitter is real-time.” BuzzFeed updated its report with Dorsey’s response.

Dorsey tweeted out more on the so-called changes and had this to say, “Look at “while you were away” at the top of your TL. Tweets you missed from people you follow. Pull to refresh to go back to real-time.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!”

He added that, “Twitter can help make connections in real-time based on dynamic interests and topics, rather than a static social/friend graph. We get it.Thank you all for your passion and trust. We will continue to work to earn it, and we will continue to listen, and talk!”

Check out Jack Dorsey’s tweets below

Buzzfeed report indicated that Twitter plans to showcase popular content on top of a user’s timeline to solve some of the noise problem.

Twitter is facing slowing user growth and has been trying to make its service more appealing with a feature called Moments, which compiles photos, videos and messages about big news events. It’s also considering other changes. The San Francisco-based social media site reports quarterly earnings on Wednesday.

For Twitter a change to the timeline means a rethink of the core principle of how Twitter works: real-time updates, which can often seem cluttered, especially when there’s a breaking event and people keep re-tweeting the same stuff,  even with the exact same content. An algorithmic change could help cut out some of that noise.

Some have even compared the change to how Facebook reflects content for users, which is based around likes and what the user has engaged with in the past, rather than just what is trending.

For now Dorsey has denied any sudden changes to the real-time nature of Twitter, but we’ll have to wait and see if any tweaks do come up in the future.

Also read: Twitter plans algorithm change on how it reflects tweets, but users cry foul 

With AP Inputs