Sunday, April 18, 2021

How Twitter is Trying to Become Facebook

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I really don’t get Twitter, there is no one in my friends circle who is on Twitter, It’s a strange place and people talk about everything from what they are having and where they are heading to. It’s all text, that too limited to just 140 character.

A friend said to me desperately after failed attempts to try using Twitter just like he does Facebook. I agree with him to some extent, because most of my friends are like that. They just don’t get Twitter.

Comparing Twitter with Facebook seems like comparing Apples with Oranges though both can be grown in the same orchard, may share the same soil, but are grown in different season, look different and taste different.

Sadly it isn’t that simple with Facebook and Twitter, both are the popular Social Networks with millions of users, only Facebook is little ahead in the race.

We shouldn’t call it a Race, but it is what everybody is trying to make out by seeing at recent changes Twitter has been doing to their site.

Ever since Jack Dorsey took the position of the CEO on Twitter, things have started moving fast for the blue bird. Every day, there is some change in the service, they recently replaced the ‘Favourite’ button with a heart shaped ‘Like’ button (Facebook has already got one)

Prior to that, they brought video tweets that auto-play in the timeline (ahem, Facebook has that too)

Twiter Cards have been there from a long time, it simply enabled Web Publishers enable the post preview when someone Tweets a link from their website. (Something similar to Facebook). This has made Promoted Tweets look part of the Organic timeline of Twitter.

ALSO READ: Here is what all Facebook has been testing lately

The best part of Twitter has been it’s always active timeline, follow a bunch of people and you will always find a tweet posted a few minutes ago. But, it seems Twitter is messing with it too, they have now started testing non Chronological timeline, showing relevant tweets to you.

Twitter highlights tweets from people with whose twets you interact with. behind this is a nasty algorithm which powers this entire thing, just like it does in Facebook, and people hate that on Facebook it. Here is what they say when they find it happening on Twitter.

And then there are Ads, Facebook makes a lot of money by letting Brands and Small Businesses Advertise on their platform, Twitter has also opened its Advertising platform to the general public now.

And Twitter is even trying to get more data from users, it has started asking their B’day

And then Twitter lifted the 140 character limit from the Direct Messages (DMs), and it seems they may also increase the 140 character limit of a Tweet as well.

While changes are good, and they are going to help Twitter generate some revenue to operate smoothly and bring more features, people are not liking the changes at all. They want Twitter to stay same, a 140 Character Social Network where people put stuff in real time.

What’s going to change and how much of it is going to stay in the future versions of Twitter? only time will tell. Till then enjoy the little messed up Twitter. It’s still fun to use it wen there is nothing to do in life.


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