It is no secret that Twitter is suffering from a spam problem. Although no one can seem to agree on exactly what percentage of Twitter is in fact spam, the more users migrate to Twitter the worse the problem is going to get, which is a big problem.
A few weeks ago I wrote an article titled – Let’s Talk TikTok – And Why It Will Change Social Media As We Know It – in which I pointed out how Twitter could use a similar approach to the popular new video sharing platform TikTok in order to combat the spam problem which is plaguing its users. Well, it happened…
Correct me if I am wrong, but we recently noticed an update to our Twitter timeline on iOS which allows us to switch between 2 Twitter Timelines.
The first is what we assume is a new-ish timeline which shows us our “Top Tweets First” similar to the “For You” page on TikTok.
The second is a timeline which we assume was our old Twitter timeline and simply shows the latest tweets from whoever we happen to be following.
After playing around with these 2 timelines for a bit, one thing will soon become blatantly obvious, our new Twitter timeline has way less spam than our old one did.
Although it isn’t perfect – we still saw some rather questionable Tweets coming through every so often – Twitter actually manages to do a decent job of cleaning up our terrible timeline to a point in which we would actually consider it useable which is a huge improvement!
For the first time in almost a year, we are actually excited to see what Twitter does to their platform. So far it seems to be working for the better, but who knows how this will play out?
One interesting thing to keep an eye on will be the massive migration of Tumbler users to Twitter – and the huge amounts of spam and pornography (in the form of questionable art?) they will no doubt bring with them.
It’s hard to say whether the future is dark or bright for Twitter at the moment… 😅