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Twitter's latest social experiment overwhelms users with needless spam

Twitter's latest social experiment overwhelms users with needless spam

In its latest experiment, Twitter is receiving a lot of complaints from irked users when it decided to tweak its network to retweet messages that users mark as favorites. Users are complaining that they are seeing tweets that are favorited by those whom they follow in their Twitter timeline like a retweet, with many also getting notification alerts when others follow a new users.

The experiment began on a smaller scale several weeks ago and it appears that Twitter is widening this experiment to more users according to a report from The Next Web. Most notably, former Wall Street Journal and All Things D editor, now with Re/Code, Peter Kafka is lamenting on the network itself, "Twitter filling my feed with stuff I didn't ask for - stuff other people follow and fav."

Whereas retweeting is an explicit act of sharing on Twitter for content that users find interesting, marking a Tweet as a "favorite" is a far more passive act to acknowledge the sender of the original tweet, thank the person, or agree with them. By automatically retweeting content marked as favorite can overwhelm users of Twitter as it adds content that may not be shared in the first place.

So far, Twitter has not responded to comments about its latest social experiment, though the company has a blog to explain some of its trials.

Are you seeing this latest experiment in your Twitter feed? Let us know in the comments.

Source: The Next Web

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Twitter's latest social experiment overwhelms users with needless spam

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"Windows phone takes more memory to keep malware away from your phone" oh all my knowledge about malware is just a waste, teach me more master.

It's simple, uninstall your Twitter app, and install it again, it's a 1 minute process. And the good part is, the 250MB size will be gone :)

It is. Ive thought of doing so, but this official twitter app is just so buggy, it crashes a lot of times, and has many problems. Any other good free app on the store I can use?

I don't know man, the official Twitter app never crashed on me, not once, and since the last update works even faster and better than before. Its features are enough for me, since i am not that heavy user. :)

If it's crashing alot then it's probably best you reinstall it. Apps like twitter and Tumblr, as I've noticed, store media from the timeline to their storage space for easy recollection of older posts (think Temporary Internet Files, but for your feed/timeline/dashboard). However, sometimes they don't clear some of these files, nor do they give the user a "clear cache"/"clear temporary files" option within the app, so it causes the app to take up a considerable amount of space; the more you view the more space you lose. As such, uninstalling the app removed these files, this allowing a clean installation of the app to take place.

I also noticed apps like twitter and Tumblr's temporary files are not actually considered temporary files by the system (as they are neither counted nor cleared when a user clears temporary files through Storage Sense or Lumia Storage Check)

If it's crashing alot then it's probably best you reinstall it. Apps like twitter and Tumblr, as I've noticed, store media from the timeline to their storage space for easy recollection of older posts (think Temporary Internet Files, but for your feed/timeline/dashboard). However, sometimes they don't clear some of these files, nor do they give the user a "clear cache"/"clear temporary files" option within the app, so it causes the app to take up a considerable amount of space; the more you view the more space you lose. As such, uninstalling the app removed these files, this allowing a clean installation of the app to take place.

I also noticed apps like twitter and Tumblr's temporary files are not actually considered temporary files by the system (as they are neither counted nor cleared when a user clears temporary files through Storage Sense or Lumia Storage Check)

The twitter app just skips tweets for me. From 2hrs ago to 20hrs and then timeline ends with the grey bird at the bottom.

Heh. Heard this from my friend. They said so annoying. Although please Twitter show more effort on Windows Phone ecosystem !

People this have nothing to do with windows phone, they're just giving us info about twitter and what they did across all OS  with their update.

They temporarily changed the expected behavior and are recording the data for analysis. That's pretty much an experiment.

It's classic A/B Testing, also known as a User Experiment. Try it out with a select portion of your user base and see what the reaction is.

In this case I think it's a pretty stupid idea. It effectively makes the favourite and retweet buttons identical in functionality. What's the point of that?

But not a social one. They're experimenting changes to a feature so that they can make more money. They're not attempting to sway public opinion or mood.

Twitter article appears, unrelated to windows phone. Instant rant against twitter about perceived sub-par app. Predictable or not?

Yup...seriously...this is all these idiots do nowadays...complain about what they don't have...no matter what the topic is, they'll find a way to connect the dots to their rant... :/
The voting system couldn't get here sooner...i would definitely mark such comments down when all they do is spread a Lotta unrest...
It wasn't like this before...ppl used to be passively negative once in a while...not on a daily basis ten times a day...!! The new crowd is spoiling the comments section...

Yeah, it's the worst kind of spam... Facebook like spam. I left Facebook because of that and not being able to hide shares.

But this really emphasizes how all social media sites do the same things, and eventually we will get tired of all of them.

+920, however I doubt they will ever go away as the new generation are bound to be more "sociable" via the internet than in person. Toddlers these days are being babysat & placated with tablets and phones. The kids I have been babysitting cannot even open a book let alone turn a page. I remember several years ago it was a different story entirely. For example I gave a 4 year old nephew a book and all he did was tap on the front page, then he tried scrolling left to right, up and down. After awhile got incredibly aggravated then threw the book across the room. Plus his 2 year old brother also acted in a similar fashion, needless to say I was extremely dismayed, when I told their parents they just laughed.

Soon the next generation afterwards may not even know what a book is at this rate..

It is tough I agree, maybe give him a treat (doesn't have to be food, maybe a little tickle) for every word he gets right and slowly increase it two words etc. Key thing is make it enjoyable, most kids learn best through play with visual cues :P also sometimes having short reading sessions may help.You don't want to bore them to sleep lol, that is the last thing you want to do as they may associate reading = boring :P (every kid is different, so you need to observe and adjust)

 

It's easy to teach kids. Just take the electronics from the child. READ to the child. My kids love books. Can't blame the technology, blame the parents.

It's only easy if they are your kids :P, if your babysitting / trying to teach someone else's it can be tough. Plus the easiest way is simply just don't give the child any exposure to phones and tablets until they are old enough. Also simply reading is not good enough for some, you may have to engage them using playful tones, doing funny voices etc. Some learn quicker by reading themselves after a certain age (usually 3+), every kid is different. I have taught several of my nephews and neices, some I simply just read to them (they would sit & listen) and some wanted to read by themselves (as having the book physically in their hands half engaged them otherwise they would get bored, fidget abit and waltz off). The latter learnt best through play, short sessions and treats.

Jesus.  Fuck all the social media.  Spend more face to face time with family and friends. Y'all are perpetually amazed at this kind of stuff, of security breaches, of the police and lawyers dredging data from these sites.  There is option:  Don't opt in.

 

Ha, ha, not too many of us left, it seems!  Had a girlfriend recently and one of the things that I was immediately attracted to about her is that she didn't have a FB or any other social media account.  OTOH, she dumped me in a few months, so maybe her judgement is to be questioned!  :)

I have this weird philosophy of keeping my life simple.  Of not letting my "stuff" control my life. Think of all the aggrevation and negative energy being displayed on just this one measly thread on one measly topic!  

I do have a FB account only because some sites now require third party logins.  The only thing I have posted is that I don't "do" FB and if you want to get hold of me, my email address is thus.  But FB sends three "Do you know...." emails a week, so I set my spam filter to autodelete them. 

If you think I'm an Olde Fart, you are correct.  But I've always loved science and technology; radio amateur in the sixties, one of the early adapters of a car phone in 1985.  First computer a few years after that.  Just built another one.  

But being a lemming and following the crowd has never been part of my philosophy.  

"Do you own your social media or does it own you?"

Rant over. 

I don't understand these tech companies. They do everything to make themselves successful and then they do these experiments and screw themselves over.

Because leaving well enough alone means nothing to do. Nothing to do means no reason for a job. This type of bs we're seeing is simple because people feel the "need" to do something. People creating a purpose for their job and the jobs of others around them. In my opinion it's all a bunch of nonsense.

Amazing!  Some one else gets it!  

I am convinced that just as we get comfortable with a given interface, let's say, it gets changed is because someone is new on the job and they have to justify their hiring or promotion.  

They need to update their app,
The WP 8.1 update is needing a twitter sharing option, its missng in action, why can't they getting right the first time,we all have to wait all the time...

I've seen it, and its just stupid.
There was this one tweet that my friend "retweeted" and I wanted to favorite it, but it was from a protected account... Which also brings up the topic of privacy

A lot of people use SMS to Tweet (people without smart phones for example) so that limit isn't going to change any time soon.

Social media can do whatever they want as long as we let them. All social media exist to make money off of us. If we don't like it, delete the account.

Due to this shit i have put my notifications to off... Dnt want useless shitty notifications on my phone... Waste of data, battery n time.

Aren't people fed up with these useless social networks,I have canceled FB,GOOGLE+since six months and I live happily without them,no frustrations,no stupid comments from anyone.

YES!  Curmudgeons of the world, unite!  You have only your sanity to regain!  

Paul Verizzo, Certified Master Cynic, Lifetime Member Curmudgeons of America

So, I have a twitter account.

I follow 3 people...  a friend who does carpet cleaning, stain removal and fire/smoke/water restoration classes. another friend who installs/maintains remote weather/radio stations for indigenous populations throughtout the USA and Canada (think..whever it's really cold and isolated)... and finally an 18 year old mexican girl.

My twitt page is full of tweets from people I don't know.... rhianna, miley sirus, one erection, etc...  allot of the stuff is offensive. So, I figured the 18 year olds activity was the source as the other guys (in their 50s and 60s)are pretty removed from the pop culture scene. So, I removed her. 

I still get this stuff... how does Twitter make these kinds of decisions?  I never use it! I never browse anything... I've sent 1 tweet (it said something like this is my first tweet).

I find the whole experience bizarre..... App deleted!