#RIPTwitter: Twitter Users Revolt Against Proposed Algorithm Change

By Jonathan Zhou, Epoch Times
February 6, 2016 4:11 pm Last Updated: February 6, 2016 4:11 pm

The downward spiral of Twitter continues.

The social media website has made a number of drastic interface changes in recent months, from changing the star-shaped “favorite” button to a heart-shaped “like,” which some have said might alienate its core user base.

When Buzzfeed broke the news that Twitter was considering changing the reverse-chronological order of the timeline to an algorithm-based curation, Twitter’s power users were finally ready to declare the death of the website, and #RIPTwitter quickly became the No. 1 hashtag.

A number of users complained that the reverse-chronological timeline was the feature that made Twitter distinct from Facebook, and that the reason people used Twitter at all was that it wasn’t the same as Facebook.

Twitter’s stock has been steadily falling in the past year, and the changes in the user interface are seen as a way for the social media website to broaden its appeal to a larger general audience, which power users suspect will ultimately ruin the website for themselves.

As they say, only time will tell if that is true or not.