The Twitter chronological will timeline return to the social microblog, the company announced via a tweet, replacing the algorithmic news feed…
Good news! Twitter users can now rejoice, their long-time prayers have been answered. Well, not all of them. No, Twitter isn’t adding a tweet edit button. And no, it’s not completely ridding its platform of annoying bots. But, it is bringing back a favorite — the chronological timeline.
Twitter Chronological Timeline Returning
The company says it’s doing so because its algorithm can only do so much:
“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.”
In other words, the algorithmic approach is not delivering what many users expect. In order to remedy this, Twitter will allow its users to opt into a chronological timeline, forgoing its current replacement:
4/ So, we’re working on providing you with an easily accessible way to switch between a timeline of Tweets that are most relevant for you and a timeline of the latest Tweets. You’ll see us test this in the coming weeks.
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) September 17, 2018
Although there is a “Show the best Tweets first” settings option, it doesn’t totally remove all algorithmic control. Instead, it filters out some of the automated signals. So, users still saw non-chronological feeds, even with this particular setting enabled.
It’s important to note, the chronological timeline is part of a test. It will begin to appear in the next few weeks. Twitter Product Lead Kayvon Beykpour explains the company is offering the feature to give users more control over what they see on the network:
“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.”