Mar 30

Twitter has been on a revising cycle changing a list of features for a better outlook and functionality. In one of the latest modifications made, the networking site is now digging up its most relevant and popular tweets rather than offering the instant new tweets.

In an earlier tweet, Twitter Engineer Alex Payne had disclosed that the company is about to introduce a bevy of new features that can out-perform the function of certain external applications. During the time when this announcement had roused a bit of alarm amongst developers, Twitter clearly indicated that the coming features are all found on the same data available to developers as a whole.

San Francisco based Twitter Developer Advocate and Former LinkedIn Technical Evangelist, Taylor Singletary announced that a particular upcoming Twitter feature that could be seen as a crucial first step to expose popular tweets instead of most recent tweets for users using Twitter in their search parameters.

The idea of popular tweets gaining precedence over recent tweets could be a bit puzzling for some as the whole value proposition of Twitter is that it is set in real time. However, Twitter is also primarily a social networking tool, which is why this new feature leveraging on the most popular tweets makes a lot of sense.

At this point, one would wonder what merits a popular tweet. Simply put, popular tweets are those that have been retweeted several times over. This relies heavily in the content of the tweet, and who the tweeter is (and how many followers he or she has managed to attract). The more RTs (retweets) a tweet gets, the more popular it becomes.

Twitter is a social networking service that offers a platform for microblogging, allowing users to post entries of as much as 140 characters, reaching people all over the world.

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