Today Twitter reversed implementation of a “feature” in which users were shown “in case you missed it” and “recommended Tweets” instead of a standard chronological order. In a non-curated world, Twitter would display all the Tweets made by all the accounts one person follows, and it’d do so in reverse chronological order, with the newest Tweets showing up first. That’s what Twitter was at the beginning. That’s what it (temporarily) is again.
Twitter Support revealed this week that they’d been “working on new ways to give you more control over your timeline.” In the process, they’ve “learned that when showing the best Tweets first, people find Twitter more relevant and useful.” They went on to say, however, “we’ve heard feedback from people who at times prefer to see the most recent Tweets.”
As such, they’ve enacted a tweak. This isn’t a fix-all, and it’s certainly not a “this is how it is forever” sort of change. But it’s good… sort of. The change comes in the “Show the best Tweets first” setting in every user’s Twitter settings. You can choose to flip the switch on this setting.
Do the following to turn on reverse chronological order:
1. Open Settings
2. Go to Account
3. Scroll down to Content
4. Find Timeline
5. De-checkmark “Show the best Tweets first.”
5/ Meanwhile, today we updated the “Show the best Tweets first” setting. When off, you’ll only see Tweets from people you follow in reverse chronological order. Previously when turned off, you’d also see “In case you missed it” and recommended Tweets from people you don’t follow.
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) September 17, 2018
It’s already fixed
Chances are, you’ll find that the “Show the best Tweets first” setting is already off (unchecked) by default. When “best Tweets” is off, the Twitter timeline will now automatically be in reverse chronological order. The change was already made.
This week Twitter also got rid of “In case you missed it” and all “recommended Tweets” from people you don’t follow. Automatically, all these changes were made. For those that love the experience they curated themselves (not what Twitter decided was best), this is great news.
Cross your fingers it stays this way or that an option remains to keep it this way forever into the future. Pour one out for the curated feeds of the past, and good riddance!