Twitter to offer users option to go back to 'chronological' feed

Doris Richards
September 18, 2018

Twitter bringing back the timeline with the latest tweets is a huge relief for us who had to disable the "show the best tweets" feature and were perfectly fine with the original timeline that had the latest tweets.

While Facebook struggles to make its algorithmically generated timelines balanced, and relevant, it's interesting to see Twitter taking the opposite approach, giving users the option to eliminate the automated suggestions completely.

Twitter first got rid of the purely chronological timeline in 2016.

Twitter has detailed an update to its platform when the "Show the best Tweets first" setting is off.

Twitter has updated its app so you have this capability now, but it's a bit of a chore.


Starting today, Twitter has announced in a tweet a change in the setting's behavior so that those who wish to view only their most recent tweets can do so. But first, some context: Twitter helps you see what's happening by showing the best Tweets for you based on your interactions.We've learned that when showing the best Tweets first, people find Twitter more relevant and useful. The rest of the tweets will be displayed right underneath, also in reverse chronological order, as always. "Previously when turned off, you'd also see "In case you missed it" and recommended tweets from people you don't follow", it noted.

'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. Twitter's longer term plan is to create an easily accessible way to switch between a chronological and "most relevant" timeline, which it will be testing in the "coming weeks".

If you're not a super fan of Twitter's current algorithmic timeline, you'll be pleased to learn that the micro-blogging site announced that it will test an accessible way created to let you switch back to the chronological arrangement more easily in the next few weeks.

Now, you can get rid of the top section, and just display the tweets, in real-time, like you probably think you want.

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