Chrissy Teigen has been tweeting recommendations for what she wants to see from Twitter to make her experience better, and at this point, both of them are desperately needed.
In a couple of tweets from Wednesday and Thursday, Teigen proposed two functions:
- One would create a feed for only happy posts that a user could access or view when they’re feeling emotional.
- The other proposed an “address book of sorts” where a user could, through typing or a link, note the reason why they started following somebody in the first place.
It’s Time to Listen to Teigen
Both of these features would improve Twitter, which has come under fire for being awash in Russian bots and serving as a convening place for neo-Nazis. Its baffling enforcement of its community standards has even resulted in a report from the human rights organization Amnesty International.
On Thursday, Twitter announced it would be implementing changes to how it addressed tweets that violated its community standards.
Twitter will now place a disclaimer on tweets that violate its community standards, but it dubs to be in the “public interest”. The move represents a challenge for prominent accounts, like that of Donald Trump, which have seemingly violated community standards in the past.
The changes apply to government officials and people running for public office who have more than 100,000 followers are verified, according to the blog post.
Teigen’s proposed changes would be a welcome reprieve from some of the darker parts of Twitter, and a good way of keeping track of why you follow certain people.
Additionally, for people who follow hundreds or even thousands of accounts, it’s easy to forget why you started following someone in the first place. A convenient and comprehensive documentation of why you did so would help you ascertain why a person is important (or not).
Users of social media are consistently looking for more ways to customize and personalize and even privatize their experience. YouTube just recently rolled out new ways for users to customize their feeds. Twitter might be wise to follow.
One of Teigen’s proposals are actually achievable on Twitter in its current iteration though. Using Twitter lists, one could assemble a feed of happy or humorous accounts, and click through to it whenever they were feeling down. The address book isn’t achievable though, sadly.
And just in case you were feeling down today, take a minute to watch the tweet that prompted Teigen to propose an address book. You won’t regret it.