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TechnologyTwitter rolls out a new feature to cut out irrelevant content when users follow a topic

07:26  14 august  2019
07:26  14 august  2019 Source:   cnbc.com

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  • Twitter said it's working on a new feature that will allow users to follow specific topics more easily.
  • The company is trying to address a problem many users face when they try to follow a topic and are inundated with irrelevant posts.
Twitter rolls out a new feature to cut out irrelevant content when users follow a topic© Provided by CNBC LLC Co-founder and CEO of Periscope, Kayvon Beykpour, speaks onstage during TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2015.

Following topics on Twitter is a chaotic experience. You type in a matter of interest, like a particular sports team or an event, and your feed fills up with all sorts of irrelevant posts alongside the content you want.

Twitter recognizes the problem and is now working to fix it. On Tuesday, the company said that it's using machine learning technology to filter out the noise and allow users to follow specific topics and see high-quality posts.

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This new feature will bring the same tweets under one head so that you don’t miss out on any of them. It is expansion to the “while you were away” feature released last year. To be in the race Twitter keeps on adding new features and in this regard, a new timeline feature is said to be rolled out .

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"The key thing here is to make it as easy to follow an interest as it is to follow an account," said Sriram Krishnan, Twitter's senior director of product management, at an event at the company's San Francisco headquarters.

Cleaning up the user experience is one of Twitter's key challenges as it seeks to keep consumers engaged. Last month,  the company rolled out a redesigned homepage designed to create an "accessible and universal way to join the conversations [people] care about."

That followed an earnings report, in which Twitter reported better-than-expected revenue and beat estimates for monetizable daily active users, or people who could be shown an ad on the app or website. The mDAUs figure increased 14% to 139 million. The stock is up 45% this year.

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The social media giant launched a new bookmark feature for all users around the world starting on The tool lets users privately save certain posts, as well as categorize them based on topic into When Twitter rolled out its 280-character tweets last year, many users expressed similar feelings.

Twitter said late Monday it is rolling out features soon to counter abuse on its platform Twitter has been asked by a large number of users to crack down on abuse and harassment on The others were the flexibility to easily fix typos in tweets , and make it easier to follow conversations and find topics .

The new follow feature is already being tested with some users of Twitter's Android app and will be released to all users by the end of the year, said Kayvon Beykpour, Twitter's product lead, at Tuesday's event.

After users follow a topic they care about, the new feature will show them a feed of relevant tweets from numerous accounts curated by Twitter's algorithms. It will initially be focused on sports topics.

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