Twitter suggested users list is going away

A number of people have asked us in recent weeks about the people listed on the Twitter suggested users list to follow…..

How did those people get on the suggested user list?

Why is so and so not listed?
Who determines the people that are listed?
and so on….

twitter suggested users list going away

According to reports, Twitters suggested users list to follow will be going away.

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone said that Twitter will overhaul its “suggested users” list, which links Twitter users with a pool of about 500 celebrities, sports figures and politicians they might want to follow.

“That list will be going away,” Stone said at a conference in Malaysia. “In its stead will be something that is more programmatically chosen, something that actually delivers more relevant suggestions.”

Stone did not say what kind of service would take the place of the suggested user list but said it could be tailored to new users’ interests.

The one thing I like about Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone is that they are willing to make changes that people suggest to them for the betterment of the twitter community or for the individual user experience. Kudos to Evan and Biz.

What do you believe should be the criteria for suggested users list to follow on Twitter?
(please leave us your comments)

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12 Responses to “Twitter suggested users list is going away”

  • avatar Rick London says:

    As Sly Stone said over 30 years ago “Everybody is a star…..” and we’d have to
    ALL be on the list. Just because someone has been on celluloid does NOT make them
    any more of a star than the rest of us (sometimes less). Twitter is great because the
    playing field (allegedly) should be equal where everyone shines equally. High school
    lists and blacklists do not belong in a democratic community. Kudos to Twitter. wWell written

    Cheers, Rick London
    Londons Times Cartoons

  • avatar Lois Geller says:

    Maybe Twitter should suggest anyone for lists. We all have our own networks of people and eventually they will evolve naturally.
    The cream always rises to the top and people here who provide the most value in vaious areas will be listed.
    LIsts are brand news. I’m interested in seeing what happens with them.

  • avatar Lois Geller says:

    Whoops! I meant Twitter shouldn’t suggest anyone for lists.

  • avatar Skeeter says:

    Hi Rick,
    Those are some good words of wisdom we can all learn from. The playing field on Twitter is equal, finally a social site that rewards you in proportion to the quality of content you provide and how well you engage with others.

    Thanks for the comment,

  • avatar krissy knox says:

    I agree with Rick London. There is no reason for an “official” suggested users list from Twitter. There are many ways for a new Twitter user to find other Twitter users who will “match their interests,” and would also end a lot of the favoritism which has been pushed by Twitter. One of the ways new users could find other Twitter users would be through the Twitter search engine (by entering) certain keywords (niche keywords, interests of theirs, hobbies, etc.) and then checking out the profile page and bios of different Twitter users that appear. This would allow for a more well rounded and larger choice of people (Twitter users) to choose from than just choosing the Twitter selected suggestions. Another suggestion for new Twitter users to use would be Twitter directories. There are many fine ones. Twellow is one. Perhaps it would be a nice idea, Al, if you would write a post on ways to find followers that are of one’s niche, interests, hobbies, etc. There are many ways to do this. I am of course not talking about the spamming services that one might try to use to get as many followers as possible! I’m talking about getting like minded followers in which you will have important and long lasting exchanges with, as you are aware, bc you have much in common with.

    God bless you,

    krissy knox :)
    connect w me on twitter:

  • avatar Skeeter says:

    Hi Lois,
    Thanks for the comment. I think you should have been on the list. I think part of the reason they did it was to give everyone some people to start with. I know people that would pay good money to be on the list. It’s no wonder these people on the auto follow list if you will, their follower count climbed so fast. I wonder how many people on the auto follow list actually engage with their followers.


  • avatar Kojenwa says:

    Everyone is a VIP. If more businesses started operating this way, much more money would be made all around, in general.

  • avatar Terry White says:

    Hi guys,
    I think the list should remain.But revised for personal use whereas you are able to add the people of your own choosing.This way you could target a specific group or market.And better engage the the community of your interest.

    Terry White
    $1 Per Minute

  • avatar krissy knox says:


    Isn’t that just about what we already have/do, with the lists we make already? Don’t you make your own lists of Twitter users? It is a feature Twitter added a few weeks ago… You can group your followers into different lists of particular niches and/or interests, as well as choose to follow other Twitter user’s lists… :)

    krissy knox
    connect w me on twitter:

  • avatar Al Ferretti says:

    Hi Krissy~

    The article is referring to the Twitter “suggested users list” to follow. One place users see this is when they first join twitter.
    Currently, twitter lists recommended users to follow like celebrities, politicians, etc that is what is going away and will be refined according to co founder Biz Stone.
    It is not the same as the new “lists” feature.

    Hope that clarifies..


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