Twitter Tracking Your App Downloads With New Update

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Twitter tracking your smartphone app downloads? Yes indeed, that is what the company is saying they are going to start doing in their latest app update. The program, called app graph, is an opt-out update meaning you will have to specifically tell Twitter NOT to collect your data for their purposes. If you don’t opt-out Twitter will automatically default to app graphing and you’re essentially giving them permission to do so. Here’s part of Twitter’s statement from their blog press release.

To help build a more personal Twitter experience for you, we are collecting and occasionally updating the list of apps installed on your mobile device so we can deliver tailored content that you might be interested in. If you’re not interested in a tailored experience you can adjust your preferences at any time (read below). Additionally, if you have previously opted out of interest-based ads by turning on “Limit Ad Tracking” on your iOS device or by adjusting your Android device settings to “Opt out of interest-based ads,” we will not collect your apps unless you adjust your device settings.

Twitter does go on to say that while they are collecting data about which apps you are downloading to your devices, they are not collecting any data contained within the apps themselves. The reason behind app graph is to try and tailor users Twitter feeds more granularly, meaning better “Who To Follow” suggestions as well as showing you relevant “promoted” content. Twitter is seeking to monetize their platform a little more aggressively, much like Facebook, and app graph is one of the ways they’ll use to do that. The good thing is you can opt-out but that will be up to you to do once you’re updated to the latest Twitter app version.

Twitter has thankfully provided instruction on how to opt-out from this “service:”

Using Twitter for Android:

  1. Tap the overflow icon
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap the account you’d like to adjust.
  4. Under Other, you can adjust the setting to Tailor Twitter based on my apps.

Using Twitter for iOS:

  1. From the Me tab, tap the gear icon 
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap the account you’d like to adjust.
  4. Under Privacy, you can adjust the setting to Tailor Twitter based on my apps.

What do you think of Twitter app graph? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and of course Twitter.

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