NEW YORK (Reuters) - The hashtag #RIPTwitter became the top trending U.S. item on Twitter on Saturday, after a report from BuzzFeed said the company is planning to change how it displays users' tweets.
The BuzzFeed report, which went live on Friday night and did not disclose the source of its information, said the social media platform will reorder tweets to prioritize those it believes more users will want to see. Currently, Twitter arranges tweets in chronological order.
The response to the news on Twitter was overwhelmingly negative, with the hashtag #RIPTwitter suggesting many users of the micro-blogging site believe the changes would mean the death of the company.
Many users were upset that tweets from accounts with fewer followers could possibly be suppressed under the new system. Others complained that the changes would make Twitter too much like Facebook <FB.O>, which arranges content through the use of an algorithm.
"Dear Twitter, don't try to be like Facebook, we don't like Facebook #RIPTwitter," tweeted ana (@dearcalumthood) on Saturday.
"Clearly the motto 'if it ain't broke don't fix it' is something @twitter isn't familiar with #RIPTwitter," tweeted EldestSalvatore (@EldestDamon) on Saturday.
A spokesperson for Twitter declined to comment.
Twitter has come under increasing pressure to boost user growth, as it struggles to attain advertising revenues equaling those of its larger Facebook rival.
Last month, Twitter came under fire when it announced a new feature that would allow users to post tweets up to 10,000 characters long, up from its previous limit of 140 characters.
(Reporting by Amy Tennery; Editing by Tom Brown)
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Twitter users decry reported plan to prioritize tweets
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LONDON - JULY 02: In this photo illustration the Twitter website is displayed on a laptop computer on July 2, 2009 in London. The social network site, started in 2006 in California as a sideline project, has grown into a global brand becoming one of the fastest growing phenomenas of the Internet. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON - JULY 02: In this photo illustration the Twitter website is displayed on a mobile phone near Parliament on July 2, 2009 in London. The social network site, started in 2006 in California as a sideline project, has grown into a global brand becoming one of the fastest growing phenomenas of the Internet. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Twitter co-founder Biz Stone (L) and conference organizer Steve Broback (R) from the Parnussus Group, pose for photographers at the start of the Twitter Conference LA in Los Angeles on September 22, 2009. Twitter, the micro-blogging platform which has attracted tens of millions of users but has yet to make money, has changed its terms to potentially open up the free service to advertisers. Twitter, which allows users to pepper one another with messages of 140 characters or less, has seen explosive growth since it launched publicly in August 2006 but has been unable so far to generate revenue. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: In this photo illustration, the Twitter logo and hashtag '#Ring!' is displayed on a mobile device as the company announced its initial public offering and debut on the New York Stock Exchange on November 7, 2013 in London, England. Twitter went public on the NYSE opening at USD 26 per share, valuing the company's worth at an estimated USD 18 billion. (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 26: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Katy Perry poses for a portrait backstage with the Twitter mirror at the 28th Annual ARIA Awards 2014 at the Star on November 26, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/WireImage)