#RIPTwitter: Reports of site’s death greatly exaggerated as boss Jack Dorsey defends changes
Fears of Twitter changing to display tweets in no order erupted after a number of users were given access to the new system. As an expansion of the ‘While you were away’ feature seen by users for the past year, the update uses an algorithm to display tweets most important to you first, rather than in time order.
News of the changes spread like wildfire and before long the #RIPTwitter hashtag was being used to express complaints around the world. Users were angry, and mostly still reeling from claims Twitter would extend the character limit per tweet from 140 to 10,000.
Defending the changes, chief executive Jack Dorsey said: “I want you all to know we’re always listening. We never planned to reorder timelines next week [week beginning 8 February]…Twitter is live. Twitter is real-time. Twitter is about who and what you follow. And Twitter is here to stay! By becoming more Twitter-y.”
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