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New Tailored Suggestions, And Twitter Supporting Do Not Track

 8:39 am on May 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

New Tailored Suggestions, And Twitter Supporting Do Not Track [blog.twitter.com]
To make it easier and faster for everyone to get started on Twitter, weíre beginning some experiments with tailored suggestions in a number of countries around the world. The first experiment will show new users a list of accounts that we recommend you follow, alongside a timeline filled with Tweets from those accounts. If youíre part of the experiment, youíll see a Twitter experience thatís relevant to you right when you sign up.
As always, we are committed to providing you with simple and meaningful choices about the information we collect to improve your Twitter experience. For those who donít want to tailor Twitter, we offer ways to turn off this collection. As the Federal Trade Commissionís CTO, Ed Felten, mentioned earlier today, we support Do Not Track (DNT), which is reflected in our privacy policy as one of the ways you can indicate your preference. If you have DNT enabled in your browser settings, we will not collect the information that enables this feature, so you wonít see any tailored suggestions. We hope that our support of DNT highlights its importance as a privacy tool for consumers and creates even more interest and wider adoption across the web.



 11:13 am on May 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

Good on you Twitter. I hope other big names in the industry take your lead and offer an off switch to the data gathering.


 11:25 am on May 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

I am not a member of any social networks, but if I would join one, it would be twitter you almost never hear anything bad from there.


 12:17 pm on May 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

I've heard a lot of people say they don't use Twitter because they don't understand it, so this could lead to a spurt of new sign-ups.


 1:46 pm on May 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

I agree, we need more Do Not Track capability. Tracking is a marketers dream, so sites will resist as much as possible.

Good move Twitter!


 2:33 pm on May 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

Consider that it's not so much a "do not track" as a (as they phrase it in the options) "Do not base Suggested people to follow based on sites I have visited". And that this option applies only to Twitter users who visit via the website versus a Twitter-sponsored "app". (Many and perhaps even *most* users go with the "app".) Nonetheless, it's a pleasing step.


 1:28 pm on May 21, 2012 (gmt 0)

offer an off switch to the data gathering

You mean like the "disable cookies" check box that has been in every browser for as long as I can remember?

Or a host of other user-oriented functionality, like client-side proxies which strip identifying details from headers, that are actually guaranteed to work - as opposed to some server side functionality that is trusted to do what the client requests in some bizarre header addition?

This has nothing to do with privacy or security, and everything to do with pandering to an ignorant public. You web designers - yes you - should know better.

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