Twitter: But It’s ‘My’ Timeline

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on March 15, 2016 in Internet |

Let me get this right: when I come to certain social media web sites and networks, I can arrange things the way that I wish, according to my own desires. I can follow those I wish to follow, befriend those who are already (honest!) friends in Real Life, and generally act as if the whole thing is mine and not a possession of someone else I am only borrowing. That’s the way it works, right?

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So, can someone please tell me why Twitter has decided to tell me what is interesting in my timeline – in MY timeline – and what I should see first? How do they, the machine, know what I am going to find interesting at any particular moment in time? Can they read my emotions, from Real Life, or assess my needs?

Now, I can understand certain online stores making suggestions based on what I have already bought or what I look at and mark to watch; there is an understandable system here and it makes sense. But Tweets? Interesting based on what? What is the base index Twitter plans on using?

No, thanks Twitter machine, but just no.

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