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Don’t Touch My Tweets — Twitter!

TwitterTwitter, the online social networking service that enables users to send and read short 140-character messages called “tweets,” has been coming under a lot of pressure to innovate or perish.

Consequently, the company has been exploring a number of different ways to assure shareholders that it has the capacity to generate revenues just like other social media platforms such as Facebook and LinkedIn.

So, when a BuzzFeed report announced without disclosing its source that the social media platform Twitter will reorder tweets to prioritize those it believes more users will want to see, all hell broke loose.

Currently, Twitter arranges tweets in chronological order.

Users were not prepared to take this change lying down so they flooded blogosphere with the hashgtag #RIPTwitter, suggesting that the new move would mark the death of Twitter.

The negative feedback forced Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey to issue a statement denying any change of the sort was planned.

“I want you all to know we’re always listening,” Dorsey writes. “We never planned to reorder timelines next week.”

However, he noted that Twitter will continue to work to refine what users see on timelines. “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!”

Many users were upset that tweets from accounts with fewer followers could possibly be suppressed under the new system.

On the other hand, others complained that the changes would make Twitter a Facebook “me too,” — FB arranges content through the use of an algorithm.

Some of the tweets make the rounds in social media were as follows:

“Dear Twitter, don’t try to be like Facebook, we don’t like Facebook #RIPTwitter,” tweeted ana (@dearcalumthood).

“Clearly the motto ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ is something @twitter isn’t familiar with #RIPTwitter,” tweeted EldestSalvatore (@EldestDamon).

Davy Desmond, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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