If you sign up to use any social networking service, either for work or for fun, it can be hard to find people that you don't know that might share some common interests. This week, Twitter announced that it would be offering some new ways to find people with similar likes on its service.
Twitter is calling these new features "experiments" which means not all Twitter users will see them at first. In a post on the company's blog site, Twitter announced:
The first experiment will show new users a list of accounts that we recommend you follow, alongside a timeline filled with Tweets from those accounts. If you’re part of the experiment, you’ll see a Twitter experience that’s relevant to you right when you sign up. (Of course, you can always choose to not follow the suggested accounts that don’t interest you.) New users may see a list of tailored suggestions (left) and a timeline with Tweets from those accounts (right) as they sign up for an account.
If you are a current user of Twitter, you will see some tailored suggestions in the "Who to follow" section of the Twitter webpage. You can turn on this feature by heading to the Who to Follow page. In addition to the accounts of Twitter followers, the suggestions also come from the website visits from Twitter users who check off those Twitter buttons that have been integrated into sites, such as ours. Twitter states:
By recognizing which accounts are frequently followed by people who visit popular sites, we can recommend those accounts to others who have visited those sites within the last ten days.
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