Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Twitter Is Switching Back to Chronological Timeline

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Sherri Watson | 18 September, 2018, 23:47

Twitter has been monkeying with users' timelines for the past couple of years to make them more engaging, but now the social network is going back to basics. Now, the microblogging site has announced that users will be given the option of reverting to the classic reverse-chronological order feed.

When the change is fully implemented, users will be able to easily switch between a "Best Tweets first" and a "Chronological order" timeline.

Exhausted of old tweets appearing in your timeline "in case you missed them"? Prior to the update, if this toggle was left unticked, the timeline would automatically show recommendations for tweets that you'd miss or didn't follow.

"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", stated Twitters announcement.

What are your thoughts on the update? Once you do, you'll see tweets from people you follow in reverse chronological order - the platform's original content presentation style, before it introduced the best tweets algorithm as a default in 2016.

This is sure to be a welcome change for many Twitter power users out there, as it'll get them closer to the way Twitter used to be, giving you a reverse chronological feed without extra tweets popping up from accounts that they don't follow. In a series of Tweets, Twitter revealed its plans of testing a new feature which will allow its users to switch between relevant and most recent tweets.

"We're working on new ways to give you more control over your timeline", Twitter said in one tweet, adding that it's working on a "way to switch between a timeline of Tweets that are most relevant for you and a timeline of the latest Tweets".

Twitter continued: "We'll keep you updated and are listening to your feedback - let us know what you think!"

'We ran an incredibly limited test to surface accounts that people were not engaging with to check if they'd like to unfollow them, ' the company said.