The saga of turning Twitter into “Twitter 2.0” continues! Elon Musk has been rolling out changes since acquiring the platform. Even before the acquisition, the billionaire was suggesting tweaks to make the users’ experience better while profiting from the engagement. The foremost step he took to revamp the company and platform is firing as many employees as possible in a mass layoff.
He also introduced an $8 monthly subscription fee to gain access to exclusive features and legitimize certain accounts. He is perpetuating trial-and-error techniques to reform the platform as per his vision. Elon also brought policy changes like limiting the promotion of other social media platforms, restricting the location-sharing feature, and many others. In the first move to overhaul the UI, Elon Musk has announced changes.
Elon Musk Will Introduce Long Form Tweets On February
On January 8th, 2023, Elon Musk updated about new changes that Twitter will bring to enhance the user interface. He has announced refurbishing the UI easing the complicated process of searching tweets and profiles. The new CEO wrote, “Easy swipe right/left to move between recommended vs followed tweets rolls out later this week”. The users had to click on the star icon on the right-hand side to fish for recommended tweets. This will mark the initial steps “of a much larger UI overhaul.
Easy swipe right/left to move between recommended vs followed tweets rolls out later this week.
First part of a much larger UI overhaul.
Bookmark button (de facto silent like) on Tweet details rolls out a week later.
Long form tweets early Feb.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 8, 2023
In November 2022, the Tesla owner complained about the ‘Search’ feature which needed fixing. He said, “Fixing search is a high priority”. Elon also said, “Search within Twitter reminds me of Infoseek in ‘98! That will also get a lot better pronto”. Twitter will also introduce the ‘Bookmark Button’ in the third week of January 2023. One of the most awaited features is that long-form tweets will be introduced in February 2023 after Musk teased that it is on the to-do list.
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Frances Haugen Suggested Him To Make The Twitter Algorithms Public
In 2021, one of the most explosive exposé was when the former Product Manager at Facebook exposed Facebook leaking legal documents. Haugen studied Electrical and Computer Engineering and specializes in algorithmic product management. Now, she is an advocate for transparency and accountability of social media platforms.
During an interview with Chuck Todd for NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’, she asked him to open source Twitter. Frances said, “He’d have more help. It’d be cheaper for him. He’d be more profitable. Let’s just start facing the facts and stop pretending they’re some little company in a garage”. Hayden observed that companies do not take drastic steps to secure profits.
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