Twitter takes inspiration from TikTok with its “For You” tab in the app

Twitter takes on TikTok: Elon Musk’s platform launched a “For You” page that mixes tweets from people you follow with tweets it thinks you might like

  • The Twitter CEO borrowed the TikTok feature name for Twitter’s new tab
  • As of today, users are directed to the For You tab when they open the app
  • The For You tab shows tweets all out of order and is boosted by an algorithm
  • But users can swipe the screen to see the tweets in reverse chronological order

Twitter CEO Elon Musk appears to have drawn inspiration from rival TikTok for his latest revamp of the app, which gives algorithm-promoted tweets more prominence.

Starting today, Twitter users on iOS will automatically go to a new tab on the homepage called “For You” when they open the app.

For You — same name as a feature on TikTok — displays tweets from user accounts they don’t follow, all out of order and powered by an algorithm.

Twitter users on iOS can now swipe their phone screen to switch between For You and the alternative tab option, labeled Follow.

Twitter owner Elon Musk appears to have taken inspiration from rival TikTok for his latest revamp of the app, which gives algorithm-promoted tweets more prominence (file photo)

Starting today, Twitter users on iOS will automatically switch to the tab

Starting today, Twitter users on iOS will automatically go to the “For You” tab on the homepage when they open the app, though they can swipe the screen to choose the “Follow” tab, which shows tweets the old-fashioned way — from accounts followed in reverse chronological order. , with recently posted ones at the top

TikTok’s “For You” tab

TikTok is a very popular video sharing app owned by the Chinese company ByteDance.

When TikTok users open the app, they are presented with a For You feed — a collection of recommended videos.

For You is powered by an algorithm that makes personalized recommendations based on several metrics, including viewing behavior and interactions with videos.

Twitter took the name “For You” for its algorithmic tweet feed, and it’s now the default name when iOS users open the app.

The Following tab shows tweets from accounts users follow in reverse chronological order, with the most recently posted ones at the top.

Both of these tab options were previously available under different names, but users had to click the star icon in the corner of the app.

However, this star icon can no longer be seen on Twitter for iOS, and instead, users can just swipe to switch between For You and Follow.

For You is now the default tab, which means it will be selected automatically when users open the app.

This will continue even if they were in the Continue tab when they last closed the app.

the The official TwitterSupport account announced the changes on Wednesday, but so far it will only be released on iOS, with an update to Android and the web to follow soon.

Starting today on iOS, swipe between tabs to see tweets recommended for “you” or tweets from accounts you “follow.”

The For You and Following tabs replace Home and Recent and will be pinned to the top of your timeline so you can easily switch between them.

Swipe to switch timelines instead of clicking the icon.

Here, the old version of the app is set to

Here, the old version of the app is set to

Both the For You and Follow tab options were previously available under different names — Home (left) and Recent Tweets (right), respectively

Twitter CEO Elon Musk — who bought the social networking site for $44 billion in October — has previously hinted that change is coming.

He said last month The Twitter timeline should allow for “easy side-scrolling between the top and latest trends and topics you follow.”

In the end, the change represents another step away from seeing social media posts in the order in which they were posted—a model for social media platforms from about a decade before algorithms started to take over.

Responding to the change, one Twitter user said: “When did Twitter become TikTok???”

Another posted: “Ah, he does what he does best: appropriating other people’s ideas/work. Typical elonmusk.

Twitter owner and CEO Elon Musk (pictured) bought the social networking site for $44 billion in October

Twitter owner and CEO Elon Musk (pictured) bought the social networking site for $44 billion in October

It follows some Twitter accounts whose profile pictures have been changed from a circle shape to a square shape with rounded corners.

They are added to verified business accounts on the platform as another way to differentiate them along with the new system of colored checkmarks.

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TikTok is now explaining “For You”: a new feature that lets users see why videos are being boosted

In an effort to be more “transparent,” TikTok has introduced a new tool that explains why certain videos are recommended to users.

The tool, which is available in the “For You” feed on the TikTok app, brings up a window titled “Why are you watching this video.”

It then provides a list of reasons, which can include “This video is popular in your area” or “This video was recently posted by an account you follow.”

TikTok, which is owned by Chinese company Bytedance, says the new feature brings “more context” and “meaningful transparency” to users.

The platform uses an algorithm to promote videos to users on their For You page from people they don’t even follow – but this has proven controversial to promote dangerous content.

For example, a recent Daily Mail investigation found that teens are being bombarded with self-harm and suicide content on TikTok within minutes of joining the platform.

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