Twitter Experiments with “News Feed” Style Algorithms, Threatens to Ruin Everything

Image Credit: pando.com

Image Credit: pando.com

No, Twitter isn’t dead. But if Dick Costolo’s experiments with Facebook-style algorithms that unearth the “best” content come to fruition, it might as well be.

As Twitter and Facebook’s functionalities continue to merge, one thing keeping them apart is that Twitter provides a raw feed. Follow who you like, and you’ll see those users’ updates in reverse-chronological order. Simple. Elegant. But Facebook uses algorithms that handpick the posts it thinks you’ll want to see most. Which makes sense for Facebook — I’m still “friends” with old high school acquaintances or extended family members whose updates, quite frankly, are irrelevant to my life. Read More