Twitter Tweaks Its Suggested User List

Published on January 22, 2010
by Jennifer Valentino

Twitter is changing the way it recommends accounts for users to follow on the microblogging service–doing away with a contentious feature that drove thousands of users to a select list of Twitterers.

Instead of having a single list of suggested users, Twitter is now dividing suggestions into categories such as music, politics and “editors’ picks.” The service says it is using “a number of algorithms to identify users across a variety of clusters who tweet actively and are engaged with their audiences.”

Twitter started its suggested user list about a year ago. The L.A. Times explained then that the company “added the feature because many users fall off from the service quickly after singing up, likely because they’re not sure what to do next.”

The list proved to be a boon for some: The New York Times (NYT) wrote over the summer that Twitterers could “gain more than 500,000 followers” after being added.

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