Twitter to Delete Suggested User Feature

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Twitter is going to do away with its "suggested users" feature. Originally, the list was meant to introduce prominent Twitter users, including sports figures, celebrities and politicians, to newcomers to the site. Controversy over selection methods has caused Twitter co-founder Biz Stone to re-think the suggested user list.

At a conference in Malaysia, Stone told reporters, "That list will be going away ... In its place will be something that is more programmatically chosen, something that actually delivers more relevant suggestions."

At the present time Stone and other company employees choose the people who are featured on the list. The list is based on users "who show that they provide value by posting often and engaging with their followers."

Stone did not reveal when the feature will be deleted. He did, however, mention that Twitter plans to add other new features, including an easier, faster way to forward messages. It also wants to allow Twitter to be translated into more languages. It is presently available in English, Japanese and Spanish.

"Ninety-seven percent of our efforts are basically on delivering user value," he said. "Everyone is still experimenting. It's still young, it's still early. Anything goes right now as we figure out what works and what doesn't work."

Cheryl Phillips

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