Twitter is testing new 'Suggested Follows' feature that suggests dozens of accounts to add at once


Twitter is testing new ‘Suggested Follows’ feature that suggests dozens of accounts users can add all at once with a push of a button

  • Twitter is experimenting with a ‘Suggested Follows’ feature
  • Users can add a group of related accounts all at once, rather than one at a time
  • Twitter suggests accounts to users based on personalized algorithms 
  • The feature is only being tested on Android devices for now 

Twitter is experimenting with a new feature that presents users with a list of suggested accounts to follow.

When you follow someone, a ‘Suggested Follows’ list appears with related accounts you may want to add.

Users can add all the accounts with a single tap and then remove the ones they don’t want to follow.

Twitter announced ‘Suggested Follows’ in a tweet Tuesday afternoon, indicating that it’s only being tested on Android devices for now. 

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Twitter's 'Suggested Follows' feature allows users to add a group of related accounts with a single tap, rather than one at a time. The company didn't say how many accounts would be suggested at once, but this sample image shows 19 suggested follows

Twitter’s ‘Suggested Follows’ feature allows users to add a group of related accounts with a single tap, rather than one at a time. The company didn’t say how many accounts would be suggested at once, but this sample image shows 19 suggested follows

‘Now testing on Android: You may see a suggestion to follow a group of relevant accounts on the profile page of someone you just followed,’ the tweet read. ‘You can instantly add all the accounts with a single tap and easily remove the ones you don’t want to follow.’

Twitter has long provided suggestions on accounts to follow, but users have had to add them one at a time. 

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With ‘Suggested Follows’ you can add them all at once. 

According to Twitter’s blog, ‘account suggestions are based on algorithms that make personalized suggestions for you,’ and may include accounts followed by people you follow, or even websites you visit.

Twitter is only testing the 'Suggested Follows' feature on Android devices. It's not clear if it will make the feature permanent or available to iOS users

Twitter is only testing the ‘Suggested Follows’ feature on Android devices. It’s not clear if it will make the feature permanent or available to iOS users

The feature may help new users quickly build up a robust feed that matches their interest, while simultaneously helping existing users gain more follows from people interested in a similar person, field or business.

The company didn’t say how many accounts would be suggested at once, but a sample image showed 19 suggested follows. 

Some Android users may have seen the feature appear in the app, according to Tech Crunch.

It’s not clear if Twitter will make the feature permanent or available to iOS users.

While social media platforms have spent much of 2020 fighting coronavirus misinformation and launching voter information campaigns, Twitter has managed to introduce a few new features in recent months.

Last month, the app updated its ‘trending topics’ section to help explain why certain terms were going viral.

A combination of human curators and algorithms will determine if a tweet is reflective of a trend, then include a short description or pinned tweet that exemplifies the subject.

In May, Twitter began testing a feature that warns iOS users they may be tweeting a potentially offensive reply.

According to the social-media platform, it will use AI to scan replies before they’re posted and give users a chance to delete or revise them.

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Users are also free to ignore the warning message and post the reply anyway.

‘When things get heated, you may say things you don’t mean,’ Twitter support wrote in a tweet.





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