You’re probably not into all the same things your friends are, which is why you don’t follow the same accounts on Twitter. It seems the micro-blogging service forgot that, and is testing a new feature that would put posts from accounts your friends follow in your feed. It’s an interesting program, but one that goes a step too far for many.
Twitter user @aleefbaypay noticed a post from Buzzfeed in their stream recently. The problem is, they don’t follow Buzzfeed, but a friend does. Sure enough, the post header says it’s what one of their friends follows. Just like a promoted tweet, this one is unwelcome and (probably) unwanted.
This isn’t the first time Twitter has been spotted testing features, either. A recently discovered movie hashtag suggestion service has yet to be launched, and things like GIF support tend to find the light of day slowly. Even things as simple as a profile change-up rolls out painfully slow with Twitter.
Twitter is the playground for all kinds of interests, so this may not be their best idea. It’s not clear if this is a monetization strategy for Twitter, in which brands like a Buzzfeed can pay to be “suggested” in streams like this, of if this will randomly automate. Either way, it’s a slippery slope.
Via: The Next Web