Everyone Is Freaking Out That Twitter Is Switching To An Algorithmic Timeline

Chronological chaos.

On Friday night, BuzzFeed News revealed that Twitter plans to introduce an algorithmic timeline — instead of the usual reverse chronological order — as soon as next week. And Twitter’s users were not happy.

Like, people were just really pissed and freaking out.

Some observed how there are a variety of changes Twitter users have been asking for, but that the heads of the social network have ignored them.

Twitter's To-Do List: 1) Algorithmic sorting that no one asked for ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 173) Edit button that every asks for

— Matt Mitovich (@MattMitovich)

Many speculated that it was the end of the already-struggling social network.

RIP Twitter. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

— michelle buchman (@michelledeidre)

me at twitter's funeral after they introduce an algorithm

— Calvin (@aurosan)

Others thought the change would turn Twitter into a Facebook-like service.

Twitter be like: #Algorithm

— Elijah Burke (@ElijahWhosoever)

Us: Can we have an edit feature? Twitter: Moments tab! Us: Edit feature? Twitter: Hearts! Us: EDIT. FEATURE. Twitter: We're Facebook now.

— VenusFlyTrapQueen❦ (@BeeNasty_)

Some were unconvinced the changes would actually happen:

Let's see if the Twitter TL algorithm rumor even turns out to be true. We've heard these types of rumors before.

— deray mckesson (@deray)

And others wondered about the metaphysical ramifications of the change:

What if humans started to experience time as an algorithm of the popular rather than lived narratively ordered experience?

— emptywheel (@emptywheel)

There was also some concern about the quality of Twitter’s algorithm.

TWITTER ALGORITHM PROCESSING

— Poe Zandaron (@ZandarVTS)

Here's the algorithm Twitter will use to decide what to show on your timeline

— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug)

Basically, people were really, really upset.

A look at Twitter before and after the algorithm news:

— Stormchasernick (@stormchasernick)

Twitter will next release an algorithm that makes people pretend their stock price isn't chronological, either.

— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher)

GET READY FOR SOME EXCITING CHANGES! WE'VE HEARD YOUR DEMANDS!!! NOW, INSTEAD OF "TWEETS", A RUSTY DULL SYRINGE JABS U IN THE EYE!! -twitter

— DVS (@DVSblast)

Finally, we have compiled all the tweets we could find from people excited about Twitter’s bold new experiment with algorithmic timelines:

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While Jack Dorsey — Twitter’s co-founder and CEO — was quiet on social media Friday, a senior software engineer at the social network tried to alleviate people’s fears:

Seriously people. We aren't idiots. Quit speculating about how we're going to "ruin Twitter"

— Brandon Carpenter (@bhcarpenter)
  1. How do you feel about Twitter rolling out algorithmic timelines:
    1. This is great. I love algorithmic timelines!
    2. Nope. I’m done with Twitter.
    3. Sigh.
    4. I just use Snapchat.

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