Twitter Will Soon Let Users Switch to a Chronological Timeline

Twitter will soon allow users to switch between its algorithmic and chronological timelines. 

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Giving its 336 million-plus users more control, Twitter has announced that it will change their timeline back into a pure reverse chronological feed.

The micro-blogging platform in 2016 announced that it will only show "most important tweets” first, which had irked many users.

In a series of tweets on 18 September 2018, Twitter announced that in the coming weeks, it will start testing a "way to switch between a timeline of tweets that are most relevant for you and a timeline of the latest tweets".

“We’ve learned that when showing the best Tweets first, people find Twitter more relevant and useful. However, we’ve heard feedback from people who, at times, prefer to see the most recent tweets,” said Twitter.

"Our goal with the timeline is to balance showing you the most recent tweets with the best tweets you're likely to care about, but we don't always get this balance right," it added.

This is how it will work:

  1. Flip on the feature in your settings from the iOS or Android Twitter app.
  2. When you open Twitter after being away for a while, the tweets you're most likely to care about will appear at the top of your timeline – still recent and in reverse chronological order.

The rest of the tweets will be displayed right underneath, also in reverse chronological order, as always.

"At any point, just pull-to-refresh to see all new tweets at the top in the live, up-to-the-second experience you already know and love," said Twitter.

Also, Twitter has updated the "Show the best tweets first" setting. When off, you'll only see tweets from people you follow in reverse chronological order. Previously, when turned off, you'd also see 'In case you missed it' and recommended tweets from people you don't follow.

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