Tech Made Simple

Hot Topics: How to Fix Bluetooth Pairing Problems | Complete Guide to Facebook Privacy | How to Block Spam Calls | Snapchat Symbol Meaning

We may earn commissions when you buy from links on our site. Why you can trust us.

author photo

Twitter Now Displays Tweets From Accounts You Don't Follow

by Fox Van Allen on August 20, 2014

Twitter on mobile devicesSocial network Twitter confirmed this week that it now shows Tweets from strangers it believes will be relevant to you in your Timeline, even if the content hasn’t been retweeted by a person you follow yourself.

The change is explained on a page in the Twitter Help Center:

“Additionally, when we identify a Tweet, an account to follow, or other content that's popular or relevant, we may add it to your timeline. This means you will sometimes see Tweets from accounts you don't follow. We select each Tweet using a variety of signals, including how popular it is and how people in your network are interacting with it. Our goal is to make your home timeline even more relevant and interesting.”

The computer-selected tweets are in addition to the promoted tweet advertisements the social network has been running for some time.

The move is something of a departure from the way the microblogging network has traditionally operated. Unlike Facebook, which uses algorithms to determine what content you see on your Timeline and when, Twitter puts more control over Timelines in the hands of users. Hopefully, the new “relevant Tweets” won’t take away from what’s made Twitter unique. The world already has one Facebook; we don’t need a second.

Want to try improving your Twitter feed on your own without computerized help? Take a look at these 5 surprising things you can do with Twitter and take your social networking game up a couple notches.


Social Networking, News, Computers and Software, Internet & Networking, Blog

Discussion loading

Home | About | Meet the Team | Contact Us
Media Kit | Newsletter Sponsorships | Licensing & Permissions
Accessibility Statement
Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookie Policy

Techlicious participates in affiliate programs, including the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, which provide a small commission from some, but not all, of the "click-thru to buy" links contained in our articles. These click-thru links are determined after the article has been written, based on price and product availability — the commissions do not impact our choice of recommended product, nor the price you pay. When you use these links, you help support our ongoing editorial mission to provide you with the best product recommendations.

© Techlicious LLC.