Social networks have feeds where you get to see posts from friends, family or strangers and for reasons, algorithmically powered timelines are now all the rage. These companies claim that these is beneficial for us since we get to see what we are interested in, and that is what happened on Facebook, Instagram and of course Twitter.
On Twitter specifically which people use to get current events, this move has always been jarring and made the experience worse to be honest. You’d log in and see a tweet from hours ago and you’d only want to see the latest tweets. Well, it seems Twitter has had our prayers since they are planning to bring back the live timeline.
In a series of tweets today, Twitter revealed two major things. The first one is about an update to their Show the best tweets first feature. “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,” Twitter said.
So thanks to this, they’ve updated the feature so that when you turn it off, you’ll see tweets from people you follow in reverse chronological order. Previously when this feature was off, you’d also see “in case you missed it” and recommended Tweets from people you don’t follow.
But the juicy news is that they are working on an easy way for you to switch between a timeline of tweets that are most relevant for you (‘show the best tweets first’) and a timeline of the latest Tweets.
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. They didn’t say when they would start rolling it, but they assured that they would update everyone when they do.