Twitter creates list of ‘power users’
Published 06/04/2011 | 09:31
Twitter has created a "who to follow" user list which contains the "most useful tweeters" on a particular area, in a bid to help people get value out of the service
A company spokesman blogged: “We’ve made it easier to find and follow Twitter accounts based on your interests.
"When you search for a topic, you can now discover accounts that are relevant to that particular subject. (Previously, you would have seen accounts that have the specific term in their name or username. ) Just click on the “people” section of the search results page or search from the “Who to follow” page.
“This new approach helps you find the Twitter users that will best help you follow your interests. For example, if you’re interested in hip hop, chances are that you’d like to follow hip hop artists. Searching for “hip hop” now surfaces accounts like @common and @questlove. (Previously, we typically showed accounts that have “hip hop” in the name.)”
Many of the recommended users on the lists are US-based or global brands, such as Forbes magazine, a suggested account to follow for those interested in 'business'.
The company has been trying to promote the idea that Twitter users do not have to tweet themselves to find the service useful or entertaining, for some time.
This latest move is being seen as a way of helping people who are just starting the use the service to find the best people to follow.
The lists have been split into several topic areas, including technology, travel and ‘funny’.
Twitter has also added advanced search capabilities, in a bid to help people narrow their search when using the service.
Twitter used to have a ‘suggested user list’ which users were automatically signed up to follow when they joined, but it was killed off in 2009 by the then chief executive Evan Williams, for being a “for being a quick fix to a problem” and failing to work properly.