Twitter’s Experiment To Show Favorites Is Not Being Favorited By Users
Twitter has been fine tuning its apps and website since the beginning with new experiments always in the pipeline.
The company has previously said:
It’s rare for a day to go by when we’re not releasing at least one experiment.
Twitter is certainly backing its one-experiment-per-day stance again with conducting another experiment these days – something which the users are not welcoming even the slightest bit.
This latest experiment has added two new features:
- Notifying the users when others follow someone new
- Showing tweets favorited by others, just like retweets.
Usually, Twitter’s experiments like removing Bing translations and embedding tweets in its web version have been favorable, but these new notifications are annoying the users because they are absolutely unnecessary.
Favoriting Tweets is generally a personal action. One would favorite tweets just because they like it, acknowledge receiving a message or want to read the link later on – using it as a bookmark.
However, why someone would want to see on their main timeline what the other people are favoriting, is unfathomable. Even if someone DOES want to snoop into others’ favorites, they can simply view them on their profile.
Twitter already has an activity feed, which allows us to view hundreds of retweets from people. Adding just another headache of going through thousands of favorites from others is overcrowding the timeline, making no sense at all and simply hurting the eyes.
There has barely been any user who is even a slightly bit pleased with this move by Twitter. Instead of selecting some tweets for you to see, I’d prefer you viewed all the anguish being tweeted by users about it in real time; because it keeps on growing with each minute.
Twitter probably wants more interaction from the users, because what we understand from this test is that they want to show users what they’re missing out on and to get them to follow and bond with more users. But then again, nobody asked for this forced interaction in the first place.
Keeping aside the reaction of the users, Twitter’s regular experimentation with its core features is a little troublesome. Instead of adding new and extended features like direct messages, Twitter is changing what it was built upon and making it worse.
However, it has been rumored that Twitter might indulge into tweaking its timeline – meaning the content on your timeline will be selected, restricting you from viewing every update by every user you follow; somewhat similar to Facebook’s policies. It is pretty obvious, after exploding the timeline with retweets and notifications of people following people and favorites of others, this might be a welcome change.