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#RIPTwitter is a hashtag reacting to reports that Twitter would be replacing its reverse chronological feed with an algorithmic timeline similar to Facebook. In mid February 2016, the service was released as an optional feature for Twitter users without replacing the reverse chronological feed.


On February 5th, 2016, BuzzFeed[1] reported that Twitter was planning on launching a new "algorithmic timeline," which would prominently display popular tweets in the feed rather than in reverse chronological order. That day, many tweeted their displeasure with the reported timeline change, including Nerdist social media manager Michelle Buchman who posted a GIF of the RMS Titanic passenger liner sinking with the caption "RIP Twitter" (shown below).[7]


The same day, YouTuber Mark Dice posted a video titled "R.I.P. Twitter", comparing the reported timeline changes to "the way Facebook's algorithm censors material" (shown below).

Also on February 5th, 2016, NBC reporter Josh Sternberg tweeted[4] that his sources at Twitter claimed the "algorithms are strictly opt in" (shown below). Meanwhile, BuzzFeed[8] published a follow-up article titled "Everyone is Freaking Out That Twitter is Switching to an Algorithmic Timeline."

Josh Sternberg @joshstemberg + Follow Sources at Twitter tell me algorithms are strictly opt in RETWEETS LIKES 屆 a : 1,747 1,065 9:23 PM-5 Feb 2016

On February 6th, the hashtag #RIPTwitter[9] began trending on the social media platform in tweets condemning the reported changes (shown below). That day, Redditor SausageBarm submitted a post titled "Why is #RIPTwitter trending on Twitter" to /r/OutOfTheLoop,[3] where it gained over 2,600 votes (93% upvoted) and 290 comments.

Follow @flaminkait if twitter actually changes the timelines to most relevant instead of most recent, then I'm done with twitter #RIPTwitter 10:38 PM 6 Feb 2016 다 201 252 Richard Sharp @RichSharpy Follow If true, I don't understand why you would even want to turn Twitter into Facebook 2.0. People use Twitter to NOT use Facebook #RIPTwitter 5:23 AM -7 Feb 2016 다 140 , 198

Jack Dorsey's Response

On February 6th, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey posted several tweets[5] responding to the #RIPTwitter hashtag, claiming the company "never planned to reorder timelines," citing the service's "while you were away" feature as a example of what they planned to release.

Jack @jack Hello Twitter! Regarding #RIPTwitter: I want you all to know we're always listening. We never planned to reorder timelines next week 6 Feb Jack @jack Follow Twitter is live. Twitter is real-time. Twitter is about who & what you follow. And Twitter is here to stayl By becoming more Twitter-y. 4:22 PM 6 Feb 2016 わ다 10,376 7,879 Jack @jack Follow Look at "while you were away" at the top of your TL. Tweets you missed from people you follow. Pull to refresh to go back to real-time. 4:27 PM-6 Feb 2016 わ다 2,731 , 2,151 Jack @jack Follow Twitter can help make connections in real-time based on dynamic interests and topics, rather than a static social/friend graph. We get it. 4:31 PM 6 Feb 2016 다 3,227 2,882

Trust & Safety Council

On February 9th, Twitter announced its new Trust & Safety Council consisting of "experts working for safety and free expression," which included Anita Sarkeesian's Feminist Frequency Twitter feed among the inaugural members. Following the announcement, many critics used the hashtag #RIPTwitter in protest of the Feminist Frequency inclusion, comparing the council to surveillance symbol "Big Brother" from the 1949 dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (shown below).[10][11][12]

Sonny Bunch Follow 副@SonnyBunch Wow, Twitter's "Trust and Safety Council" has a pretty neat mascot, solid choice guys! #RIRTwitter 12:40 PM-9 Feb 2016 161 雙165 Daddy Warpig @Daddy_Warpig Follow I LOVE JACK, the CEO who wants to protect me from everything He's like my BIG BROTHER!#tcot#SocJus #RIPTwitter 1:51 PM -9 Feb 2016 わ ロ309 351

Timeline Released

On February 10th, Twitter announced the new timeline's release on their official blog,[2] noting that the reverse chronological order would remain even if the feature is enabled by the user:

"Here's how it works. You flip on the feature in your settings; then when you open Twitter after being away for a while, the Tweets you're most likely to care about will appear at the top of your timeline – still recent and in reverse chronological order. The rest of the Tweets will be displayed right underneath, also in reverse chronological order, as always."

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