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Twitter is Playing Favorites With People You Follow

Posted By Joshua Sophy On March 26, 2014 @ 3:30 pm In Social Media | 11 Comments

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Have you lost track of the people and businesses closest to you on Twitter? If you follow hundreds or more accounts, your answer is probably in the affirmative.

As Twitter continues to tinker with potential new layouts and designs, the company has reportedly introduced “Fave People” to some users.

Essentially, Fave People is a way of following your favorite Twitter users in a separate list. Of course, Twitter’s Lists feature already allows you to do this. But that feature isn’t the most user-friendly.

TechCrunch’s Sarah Perez observes [1]:

“In other words, it’s not necessarily a more efficient means of building a list, compared with the built-in Twitter “Lists” function offered today. It’s really just using more accessible terminology (“Fave People”) to highlight the capabilities of that often overlooked feature.”

TechCrunch reports the new Fave People feature can be reached in a side-scrolling menu at the top of Twitter’s mobile alpha app, which is used by its testers.

Adding profiles to your Fave People list involves clicking a star icon. When you click the star associated with a profile, it’s added to your Fave People list. You can configure Fave People to send you notifications when Tweets are sent from the accounts you’ve selected, too.

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The future of Fave People will likely depend on how it’s received by testers. If testers find the new service engaging, Fave People could find its way to everyone’s profile after the testing period ends. This would become another way of customizing your Twitter account and perhaps cutting down on the noise.

Twitter has been toying with other potential changes to its layout and user experience. For example, a new logo and a profile page that some believe looks a lot like Facebook [2] may be in the offing at Twitter. The company even tested out the new profile look on some users’ accounts recently.

Twitter [3] Photo via Shutterstock, Screenshot: TechCrunch


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[1] observes: http://techcrunch.com/2014/03/17/twitter-testers-gain-access-to-a-new-timeline-called-fave-people-for-tracking-favorite-twitter-accounts/

[2] a new logo and a profile page that some believe looks a lot like Facebook: http://smallbiztrends.com/2014/03/bye-bye-birdie-twitter-new-logo.html

[3] Twitter: http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-170614799/stock-photo-hilversum-netherlands-january-twitter-is-an-online-social-networking-and-microblogging.html