Value In Brief – by Abanoub Hanna
All You Need To Know Explained In Brief

10 Things we knew from open-sourced Twitter algorithm

Business Tips & Tricks

Twitter revealed its algorithm to the world as open source on GitHub.

But what does it mean for you?

I spent the evening analyzing it.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Likes, then retweets, then replies

Here’s the ranking parameters:

• Each like gets a 30x boost • Each retweet a 20x • Each reply only 1x

It’s much more impactful to earn likes and retweets than replies.

Twitter algorithm: likes, then retweets, then replies

2. Images & videos help

Both images and videos lead to a nice 2x boost.

Twitter algorithm: images and videos

Generally external links get you marked as spam.

Unless you have enough engagement.

Twitter algorithm: links hurt

4. Mutes & unfollows hurt

All of the following hurt your engagement:

• Mutes • Blocks • Unfollows • Spam reports • Abuse reports

Twitter algorithm: mutes and unfollows hurt

5. Blue extends reach

Paying the monthly fee gets you a healthy boost.

Twitter algorithm: blue gives more reach

6. Misinformation is highly down-ranked

Anything that is categorized as misinformation gets the rug pulled out from under it.

Surprisingly, so are posts about Ukraine.

Twitter algorithm: misinformation is downranked so as Ukraine Crisis topic

7. You are clustered into a group

The algorithm puts you into a grouping of similar profiles.

It uses that to extend tweet reach beyond your followers to similar people.

social circles and groups

8. Posting outside your cluster hurts

If you do “out of network” content, it’s not going to do as well.

That’s why hammering home points about your niche works.

Twitter algorithm: tweeting out of your social circle

9. Making up words or misspelling hurts

Words that are identified as “unknown language” are given 0.01, which is a huge penalty.

Anything under 1 is bad.

This is really bad.

Twitter algorithm: penalty of using unknown words

10. Followers, engagement & user data are the three data points

If you take away anything, remember this - the models take in 3 inputs:

• Likes, retweets, replies: engagement data • Mutes, unfollows, spam reports: user data • Who follows you: the follower graph

Twitter algorithm: followers, engagement and user data

I hope this helps you. You know someone will benefit from this, share it with him/her, a friend or colleage.