I'm using http://realtwitter.com to get my chronological timeline back and I'm horrified by how many people I follow who I haven't seen in weeks. Twitter instituted this change gradually enough so that I didn't notice the full effect until today. Really awful, even dangerous algorithm change.
Now that I have my chronological timeline back, it's disconcerting to see what Twitter omitted.
They cut nearly everyone I followed from Missouri off my feed. I was seeing constant "likes" related to NY elections and other NYC stuff. I don't know why; my location is St Louis.
I'm worried about how this non-chronological algorithm will effect disaster coverage, and I guess we'll see with Florence. But why do it at all? No more live-tweeting sports or awards shows? No more breaking news? How is this in any way advantageous to Twitter or its users?
Noticing that in addition to pushing Missouri content and low-follower accounts off my feed, the new algorithm also cut science and history accounts I like, replacing them with the "likes" of coastal political reporters. Feels like getting updates catered to a persona, not to me.