Twitter Launches ‘Connections,’ Its Own Version Of Facebook’s ‘Mutual Friends’
Twitter has collapsed its â€œFollowed Byâ€ and â€œYou Both Followâ€ features into one area called “Connections” which allows you to see what users you have in common with other Twitter users. The individual features are now expandable and allow you to see complete lists of mutual follows and people you are both followed by for any given user, when you click “more.”
Even though they have experimented with the feature before, the change is a permanent step towards developing a more useful Twitter social graph. Says Twitter’s Carolyn Penner, “By exposing accounts that you and another user have in common, you will now know how those accounts are connected to other accounts you already follow. As a result, you’ll be able to make more informed decisions about which accounts to follow.”
Facebook and Foursquare have had â€œfriends in commonâ€ social graph features for awhile, but Twitter has taken sometime on this because the concept of â€œfriendâ€ v.s. â€œfollowerâ€/â€followedâ€ is more difficult to apply to the microblogging network.
Even though Twitter’s infinite chains of possible one way connections are sometimes hard to um, follow, they give the company the leeway to launch many more features based on this complex social graph. Twitter has no plans for new ‘Connections’ features at this time.
Thanks: Vikas SN