Ever wondered how your ✨algorithmic timeline✨ is different from the old-fashioned 🕓chronological timeline🕗?

Lucky for you, @ndiakopoulos and I have a new study on this, at #CSCW2021!

A few major findings from our sock puppet audit: (brief🧵only 3 more tweets, I promise)
(2/4) Twitter’s algorithm appears to reduce exposure to external links.

On average, 51% of tweets in chronological timelines had external links, compared to just 18% in chronological timelines. Image
(3/4) Twitter's algorithm also increased source diversity.

Our sock-puppets saw 663 accounts in the average chronological timeline and 1,169 in the average algorithmic.

The algorithm also quieted “loud” accounts that tweet a lot and would dominate a chronological timeline.
(4/4) Finally, we also saw a shift in topic exposure, and a slight echo chamber effect.

For more details, you can @ me, or...

Summary blog: medium.com/technically-so…

“Show your work” blog: jackbandy.medium.com/how-we-audited…

Full preprint: bit.ly/2P9eSjk Image

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