Twitter To Start Showing You Tweets From People You Don’t Follow

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Prepare yourself to start seeing tweets in your timeline from people you don’t follow. A change to Twitter’s timeline is going to start pulling in tweets from people you don’t follow if Twitter consider’s that tweet to be “popular or relevant.”

These new additions to Twitter’s timeline started as an experiment but will now be a permanent change to the service. Twitter’s FAQ page for the question “What is a Twitter timeline?” has been updated with the following section:

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 popular tweets that Twitter is surfacing seem to be mostly tweets that have been favorited by people you follow. This is a significant change because previously Twitter would never show you tweets from users you don’t follow unless they were retweets or sponsored tweets.

This update is understandably already receiving a certain amount of backlash from users. Twitter’s intensions are to expose you to content you may not have otherwise seen, and help you connect with people you may not have otherwise met, but its users may not be eager to see it that way.

How do you feel about this update? Do you welcome the addition of new content in your timeline, or would you prefer to just see tweets from people you follow? Let me know in the comments section.

Matt Southern
Matt Southern is the lead news writer at Search Engine Journal. His passion for helping people in all aspects of online marketing flows through in the expert industry coverage he provides.
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  • pirduan sunny

    Firstly, thanks for the highlight Matt.

    This new feature sucks. Twitter gain its popularity when it allows user’s interaction within their own circle. Allowing others uninvited guests in is still a No Go for all all social media platform. Its plain simple. I follow someone with common interests and I only want to hear from them. If I want to hear from their friends, I would have done it myself by following them.

    Why must Twitter trying to be smart by putting these posts on my timeline (ie my virtual space).

    Like Facebook, Twitter tries to break rule #1 in social media platform: Don’t try to mess users privacy.

  • renee

    I mostly use Twitter for work, and I already do double-takes over Promoted Tweets popping up, because I know I didn’t follow the brand names and I was wondering how they got in my feed.

    Adding even more people I didn’t actually follow is just going to take me that much longer to weed through what was originally showing.

    I am glad Twitter at least includes a direct link on our pages to “My Tweets and Replies” so I can go there and see what I did in between all the other message posted between mine.

  • Hi Matt Southern,
    Nice post which contain very useful information regarding twitter updates. I think everyone should welcome and wait to see some more new features in it.
    Thanks for sharing such an excellent post.

  • Adriana

    Hi Matt, I don’t particularly care about it, but it would be nice if they brought the Favorites timeline back, that would at least give users the option of switching to some sort of filtered feed. I think this might increase the number of users using lists.

  • Considering that a lot of people are trying to promote their own things and even paying for it, I hope this means Twitter will show everyone else’s tweets to others also otherwise it’s really not fair at all. I don’t need Twitter telling me what I may be interested in. I’m not there for that. I know how to search for what I want when I need it. It just doesn’t sit right with me.

  • Ardi Wibisono

    Please stop this feature, it is truly annoying. Yesterday I follow 200 unknown people and now become 300. I realize it when I started to receiving twitter in Arabic language – I don’t even speak the language.