Wednesday News: Twitter tinkers with timelines, Adobe clarifies views on Gamergate, book option deals, and does reading affect relationships
The company is doing its best to make it sound like this is not a big deal, and that the reverse-chronological timeline will remain intact. But the reality is that for many users, the ability to curate their own experience on Twitter is a crucial feature — just take a look at the survey we did in September, which was 87-percent negative on the idea of an algorithmically-curated feed. The idea of someone else deciding what’s important in their stream appears to be anathema to many users.
Of course, for Twitter this probably feels like just another enhancement that they think will make the feed better for some — primarily new users and those who don’t log in very much, which is a key market for the kind of future growth Wall Street wants to see. And the stream has already been disturbed by things like promoted tweets and other forms of advertising, which show up out of sync with the timeline. What’s the big deal about one more disruption? –Gigaom
Last week, though, Gamergate condemned Gawker Media specifically because of facetious tweets from current writer and former Valleywag editor Sam Biddle, who called to “bring back bullying” in response to the movement. Adobe has further confirmed what it had said in its tweet: it wasn’t actually a sponsor of Gawker, but after Gamergate supporters repeatedly asked it to drop ads, it requested that the site remove its logo in order to avoid confusion. “As a result of our logo having appeared on the Gawker website, we received tweets that accused us of condoning bullying,” it says. “One of our employees innocently responded to one of these tweets.” –The Verge
Joining Ancillary Justice on the roster of TV options — at least, according to The Hollywood Reporter — is Karen Russell’s St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves. The former MacArthur fellow’s debut story collection reportedly will be adapted for ABC by some of the minds behind Sex and the City and The Walking Dead. A word of warning from personal experience, though: Try not to think too long about what a mash-up of those two series might look like. –NPR
The contours of a more recently failed relationship were also defined, in part, by how much I read, both for work and for pleasure. The times, of course, had changed: Instead of college textbooks or physical copies of Harper’s Magazine or 1,000-page sci-fi novels, I lost myself in the illuminated screens of, in no particular order, my laptop, iPad and iPhone. But the effect my love of reading had on the relationship was the same — a resentment so vicious and ultimately intolerable that it prompted me to flee ever deeper into that which was supposedly creating much of the conflict: my love affair with the written word. (It may also say something that I refused to mingle my books with his, preferring to keep mine on a bookshelf in a room that he rarely entered.) –New York Times