Twitter these days has emerged as one of the most powerful social medial platform. In lieu of keeping its user base intact, its recent announcement stated about giving more control to its 336 million users by converting their entire timeline into a pure reverse chronological feed. Speaking in more clearer terms, in its latest series of Tweets, Twitter unveiled its plans of testing a new feature and this would allow its users to switch between relevant and most recent tweets. Flashback states that in 2016, Twitter declared that it would only show ‘most important tweets’ on its platform, and this definitely disappointed several of its users, but the company now revealed its plans for bringing back the old chronological feed. Notably, here, another popular social media platform, Instagram also includes the same chronological feed algorithm which displays the most important posts first, instead of the ones which are new.
Announcing this latest change, Twitter posted that, “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. 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”.
2/ 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.
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) September 17, 2018
Procedure to Switch Between Relevant and Most Recent Tweets Feeds:
For a Android or iOS user, he/she has to flip on the feature in settings from the iOS or Android Twitter app. For instance, again opening the twitter page after being away for a while, the tweets users most likely to care about would appear at the top of the timeline, still recent and in reverse chronological order. The rest of the tweets, however would be displayed right underneath, also in reverse chronological order, as always. To this, Twitter added that, “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”.
Here, Twitter Product Lead Kayvon Beykpour in fact stated that, “We’re working on making it easier for people to control their Twitter timeline, including providing an easy switch to see the most recent tweets”.
Twitter has also updated its, “Show the best Tweets first” setting. Regarding this, it noted that, “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”.