- Twitter has announced it has brought back the chronological timeline.
- Since 2016, the platform had highlighted relevant tweets to users on its timeline, though they weren’t necessarily the latest tweets.
- When the change is fully implemented, users will be able to easily switch between a “Best Tweets first” and a “Chronological order” timeline.
Twitter has reintroduced the option to view its feed in reverse chronological order. In a series of Tweets, the company explained that it is also working on an “easily accessible” way for users to switch between chronological and relevant tweets-based timelines.
Twitter first got rid of the purely chronological timeline in 2016. Instead, it began to highlight Tweets it thought you might find interesting (both tweets from those you follow and tweets those users have liked and shared) since the last time you checked the timeline, interspersed with the most recent tweets.
In the statement, Twitter said that while people who use its algorithm-based feed find the service to be “more relevant and useful,” it also acknowledged that some people prefer to see just see the latest tweets.
4/ So, we’re working on providing you with an easily accessible way to switch between a timeline of Tweets that are most relevant for you and a timeline of the latest Tweets. You’ll see us test this in the coming weeks.
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) September 17, 2018
Twitter says it will introduce the easy way to revert to a reverse chronological order in the coming weeks. However, from today, users can also view Tweets in reverse chronological order by unchecking the box next to the “Show the best Tweets first” setting. Before the change, users who unchecked this box would still see some recommended Tweets.
By introducing the option to switch between the two types of Twitter feed, users will be able to see relevant tweets made since they were last on the site, while also being able to get involved in timely conversations and breaking news. It’s a solution that would offer the best of both worlds, without excluding fans of either setup — as long as Twitter gets the implementation right, that is.
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