Today I learned that Twitter thinks I’m interested in literature, beer, hip-hop, and I really like my friends Ina and Harry (I’m double interested in both of them for some reason). When it comes to me, Twitter thinks I’m known for being a technology journalist, as well as “other.” I’ve never been so proud!
Either we’ve entered an alternate reality where Twitter cares about its users or something good has actually happened online for a change: The social networking site is bringing back the option to view your timeline in reverse chronological order.
Twitter officially rolled out the way to see your interests (and customise them) in May, but the feature gained a lot of attention this week when people started sharing theirs online.
Twitter uses the “interests” it thinks you have to determine what ads and content to show you. The interest lists are based in part by your Twitter activity. If something doesn’t look right, you can customise that list. So if I suddenly decided I hate comedy, I could remove that from my personal list.
To see yours you just have to click here and enter your Twitter password. Or you can go to your Twitter account info and then select “Your Twitter Data” from the sidebar menu and then “Inferred interests from Twitter” from the bottom of the page. Consequently, this page is also where you can download all your Twitter data, which is worth checking out as well.
Who knows — maybe you’re known for “other” as well.