Twitter News – New Feature
First and foremost what comes to your mind after opening a Twitter account is whom to follow. Many of your friends and colleagues already use Twitter. It would be nice to follow any of those friends to add their tweets to your Home timeline.
To assist you, Twitter has a Find People page where you can find people, organizations, or companies you know that already have a Twitter account.
First option is to search them using Twitter’s search engine. But Twitter search has never been very effective. Another option is to find your contacts from your email address book. Twitter helps you to find out if they are on Twitter. You can also invite friends and contacts whose email addresses you have by sending them an email.
Lastly, Twitter has a Browse Interests page where many topics from Art & Design to Twitter are listed. You select the topics you are interested in. Find a few people you want to hear from, then follow them.
It has been a good start for any newcomer on Twitter to make friends and see their tweets on their Twitter Home page. Then on July 31, 2010, there was a tweet by Twitter feedback with a link to twitter blog:
We are rolling out a new feature: “Suggestions for You.” Read more about it here http://bit.ly/bWcp57 & let us know what you think.
1:55 AM Jul 31st via web by troy
Twitter has rolled out a simple, but powerful new feature Suggestions for You. The algorithms in this feature suggest people you don’t currently follow that you may find interesting. The suggestions are based on several factors, including people you follow and the people they follow. You’ll see these suggestions on Twitter.com and the Find People section.
The new feature was announced on Twitter Blog:
With more than a hundred million users on Twitter, there are sure to be at least dozens of accounts out there that will reflect your interests. The trouble is finding all of them. Today we’re beginning to roll out a simple, but powerful new feature to help address that — “Suggestions for You”. The algorithms in this feature, built by our user relevance team, suggest people you don’t currently follow that you may find interesting. The suggestions are based on several factors, including people you follow and the people they follow. You’ll see these suggestions on Twitter.com and the Find People section. If you like a suggestion, click “follow”; if you don’t, click “hide,” and we’ll try not to suggest that user again.
Read the full story on Twitter Blog
Today I found Twitter’s Suggestions for You feature implemented on my home page and mention page.
There are two suggestions on these pages. For each suggestion there is user’s avatar, username and real name along with Follow and Hide buttons. If you follow the user, the user gets followed by you and the Follow button changes to Unfollow button. If you click the Hide button, the user is replaced by another user, and the hidden user won’t be suggested again.
If you feel that you can’t follow someone merely knowing his username then you click on view all link which takes you to Suggestions for You section of Find People page.
There are about 35 suggestions with Follow and Hide buttons to the right.
For each suggestion, it provides you with avatar, real name, username, location, bio, and followed by information of users who have accepted twitter’s suggestion and already following.
You may follow, hide, or reload the page to see new 35 suggestions.