Twitter to introduce easy way to switch back to a chronological timeline

Andy Boxall | September 24, 2018

App Business

Twitter will add a feature to its social network site that turns off the curated feed, and replaces it with a chronologically ordered feed. The company announced its plans in a series of tweets on the subject of its controversial, “best tweets first,” system of displaying messages, which is about to go through some changes.

From now, unselecting the “show the best tweets first” option will revert your feed into one showing messages in reverse chronological order, which alters the previous system of then showing Twitter’s “In case you missed it,” list along with recommended tweets.

Twitter then writes:

“Our plan is to eventually replace this setting when the easier-to-access switch described above is available.”

The social network says this will start testing in the coming weeks. It defended the current curated list by saying it helps, “people find Twitter more relevant and useful,” however many users disagree, and complain about a loss of control over the platform.

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