Change this Twitter setting to see tweets in chronological order
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(Pocket Lint) – Many years ago, Twitter randomly decided to mess up the way it displays tweets from people you follow in the timeline.
It took the old reverse chronological feed and applied an algorithm meant to surface the tweets you think would interest you the most. The goal was to boost user engagement. But that meant you’d see things like “tweets you may have missed” at the top of your timeline. You can refresh at any time to get an up-to-the-second experience, but a lot of people hated seeing old tweets every time they opened Twitter on their phone or desktop.
For example, you’ve probably seen a one-day tweet about a viral moment at a sporting event, rather than an actual real-time stream of tweets. And, even if you pulled to refresh, after scrolling a bit, you probably saw more old tweets inserted into your feed. Luckily, even though it took a while, Twitter has reversed this annoying experience.
Here’s what you need to know.
Why did Twitter abandon timelines?
Well, years ago, Facebook and Instagram started moving from the previously tidy way of doing things to delivering relevant posts that you probably wanted to see the most. Think about it: if you have 1,000 friends on Facebook, you don’t want to see everything everyone posts. Facebook thinks you don’t, anyway, so it uses algorithms to show the posts that probably matter most. But what’s good for Facebook isn’t necessarily what’s best for Twitter. And it looks like Twitter is starting to come to that realization.
In other words, Twitter is finally allowing users to retrieve their timeline unfettered.
Android, we have you. Starting today, tap to switch between the latest and greatest Tweets. pic.twitter.com/7rXo3BNEJ6
– Twitter (@Twitter) January 15, 2019
How to see tweets in order as they happen
Any Twitter user – whether iPhone, Android or PC – can jump back to the pre-2016 era of the Twitter timeline.
Twitter mobile app
- Open your Twitter mobile app.
- Tap the stars icon in the top corner.
- Select instead See the latest tweets .
Note: To reverse this operation, tap the stars icon again and select Back home.
- Open Twitter.com in your browser.
- Look for the stars icon in the corner of “What’s going on?” text zone.
- Tap on it once you locate it.
- Select instead See the latest tweets.
What is the “Show latest tweets” option for?
Twitter recently updated its “Show latest first” setting. Now, when this is enabled, you’ll only see tweets from people you follow as they happen. Previously, you only saw interesting and recommended tweets from people you follow. Sometimes these tweets could be hours or days old, but Twitter always felt like they were relevant to you.
Why has Twitter changed course?
Twitter (via Twitter Support) a announced in 2018 to have developed new ways to give you more control over your timeline. He’s learned that showing the best tweets first is “more relevant and useful” – but it “doesn’t always strike that balance”. Thus, it offers users an easy way to switch between a timeline of the latest tweets, rather than the most relevant.
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1/ We are working on new ways to give you more control over your timeline. But first, some context: Twitter helps you see what’s going on by showing the best Tweets for you based on your interactions. https://t.co/H5nuhQy3r2
– Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) September 17, 2018
Written by Maggie Tillman.