Twitter For iOS Adds ‘I Don’t Like This Tweet’ Button To Train Its Algorithm

Ali Salman
Posted Sep 23, 2016
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The microblogging network, Twitter, has been experimenting with new additions for quite some time. While recently the company has backhandedly extended the 140-character limit of its tweet, it is now moving towards improving its algorithms for a much streamlined tweeting experience. The company silently started rolling out a new feature on its Twitter iOS app in order to improve the quality of tweets shared on the site. Let’s dive in to see some more details on Twitter’s effort to improve the site’s content.

Twitter For iOS Adds ”I don’t like this tweet” Option To Improve Its Algorithm

Twitter’s move will allow it to change its algorithm and filter out tweets that an individual does not like in their timeline. All that a user must do is mark the tweet as “I don’t like this tweet”. Once done, a message will be promoted that the feedback will make “your timeline better”.

In a statement issued to BuzzFeed, the Twiiter spokesperson said:

I don’t like this Tweet] helps Twitter better understand the types of Tweets that you’d like to see less of in your Home timeline. We may use this information to optimize and tailor your experience in the future.

The feature is available for select Twitter for iOS users and it is rolling out slowly. The button is found after tapping on the options menu on a user’s tweet. Alongside the options to either block, mute or report the tweet, you will find the “I don’t like this tweet” option. Tapping it would simply remove the tweet from your timeline and then Twitter will let you know that your feedback will make the Twitter experience better.

This is not the first time that Twitter began introducing algorithmic timeline. It all started in February when it started putting selected tweets in a prominent place on the user’s timeline. Before the updates, the microblogging site was known for its reverse chronological organization of tweets.

It’s worth noting that the new feature is not available on the desktop nor Android devices. The company was previously slow in adding new features to the table, but now it seems that Twitter has stepped up its game to attract more users amid immense competition from Facebook. Nonetheless, filtering tweets to enhance tweet quality is a welcome change and it will ultimately raise the bar for what it was before.

This is it for now, folks. What are your thoughts on Twitter for iOS gaining a new “I don’t like this tweet” feature? Has it appeared on your iOS device yet? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.

 

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