Twitter Now Offers a Purely Chronological Timeline

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In a series of Tweets, the company explained that it is also working on an "easily accessible" way for users to switch between chronological and relevant tweets-based timelines.

Then, because tweets from certain followers didn't get prominent placing, you were less likely to interact with their tweets-and even more unlikely to see their tweets moving forward. In the "coming weeks", you'll find a toggle that lets you choose between a timeline that is most relevant and one that shows you the latest Tweets in order.

To enable the reverse chronological feed, open the Twitter app and tap on your profile image. Once it does, just uncheck the settings box marked "Show the best tweets first". The company changed its timeline algorithm to display relevant tweets based on a user's interactions on the app, launching the "Show your best Tweets first" option in a user's account settings page.

Two years ago, Twitter pulled the rug from under their users when they switched their chronological timeline to a unusual relevance timeline. Instead, it began to highlight Tweets it thought you might find interesting (both tweets from those you follow and tweets those users have liked and shared) since the last time you checked the timeline, interspersed with the most recent tweets. "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.

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However, Twitter intends to provide an easy-access switch that will enable people to toggle between the two approaches. It could easily be made a one-click option on the menu bar between Messages and the Twitter (blue bird) icon.

Of all the many attributes of social media that might frustrate its users, a lack of chronological sorting probably takes top billing.

Unfortunately, lists seem to be too much work for many users, or beyond their understanding, so Twitter has more or less abandoned them. Scroll down, and under Content, is a setting called "Show the best Tweets first".

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