Twitter to Search New Users’ Browsing History
New users who sign up for Twitter will have their browsing histories investigated so that the site can make suggestions based on their online activity.
Users will be offered suggestions about whom to follow and what might interested them based on what websites they’ve recently visited.
The system, which “gets visitor information from websites that have integrated Twitter buttons or widgets,” is now in the testing phase, according to Mashable. Users can opt out by clicking a “Do Not Track” button, and current users will be able to take part in the personalization as well if they wish.
In a blog post about the update, Twitter’s Director of Growth and International Othman Laraki wrote, “By recognizing which accounts are frequently followed by people who visit popular sites, we can recommend those accounts to others who have visited those sites within the last ten days.”
Although it may seem like a controversial move, it may rid Twitter users of the hassle of finding people to follow.