Twitter is bringing back reverse chronological feeds and will be testing changes “in the coming weeks”.
Twitter is making changes to allow users to switch back to a chronological timeline, two years after replacing it with an algorithm-generated feed of the “best” tweets.
The company’s decision in 2016 to alter how tweets were presented on users’ home pages came in for much criticism from those who wanted to see tweets in real-time. Kayvon Beykpour, Twitter’s product lead, says the company is now making it easier for people to control their timelines and will be testing changes “in the coming weeks”.
Twitter’s “show the best tweets first” setting has been updated – now, when switched to off, users will see tweets from people they follow in reverse chronological order.
Before the changes, users would also see “in case you missed it” and “recommended” tweets, even with the setting turned to off.
The next step is to replace the setting with a new “easier-to-access” switch allowing users to choose to see tweets listed in chronological order, rather than by the algorithms Twitter thinks will help you find the content you’re most interested in.
“Our plan is to eventually replace this setting when the easier-to-access switch described above is available,” the company said.
Twitter continued: “We’ll keep you updated and are listening to your feedback – let us know what you think!” Users were quick to do just that. @Popyfm said: “If you’re working on new ways to give me more control over my timeline, where do i disable likes so they don’t show up on the timeline? This isn’t Facebook.”