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We added a Blue's News Twitter Account almost 10 years ago, offering a simple feed of news stories posted here. This felt like a good idea at the time, but I've grown increasingly concerned that flooding followers with tweets that just contained headlines and links back to here was not what everyone was hoping to get. This is borne out by the large number of users who end up unfollowing shortly after following. So Frans and I did a little overdue brainstorming and came up with what we think is a better way to make use of Twitter. After today, rather than tweeting out one of those short tweets for almost every story, we will be notifying followers of fewer stories, concentrating of topics of greater interest. At least one story per update will still go up, though, even if it is not major, as this can serve notice that the news page is updated. These tweets will also now include as much of the story as fits within Twitter's structure to be more informative. Finally, the feature that intentionally spaced out multiple tweets by one minute each is no longer in place. This was well-intentioned, but probably ill-advised, as causes followers to get repeated notifications over the course of 10 or 15 minutes, which seems spammy. We feel these changes will make this more useful for everyone. We also hope this is not going to upset those who liked the way this worked before, so please feel free to offer feedback on the plan.
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