Twitter is bringing back the chronological timeline. This change means you’ll be able to see all of the tweets from the accounts you follow delivered in reverse order. Which is, apart from an Edit button, all Twitter users have been requesting for years.
Chronological Gives Way to Algorithms
When Twitter first launched, and for many years after, tweets would be displayed in chronological order. At the top were the latest tweets from the people you followed, and as you scrolled down you would see older tweets presented in reverse order.
Then, in 2016, Twitter started messing with people’s timelines. While it was still possible to see most tweets in chronological order, Twitter’s algorithms thought it knew better. Cue certain tweets given a higher billing than others, and complaints from users.
Twitter Finally Gives Users the Option
Now, Twitter has finally listened to those complaints. In a thread of tweets from Twitter Support, the social network has indicated it’s working on a way to “switch between a timeline of Tweets that are most relevant for you and a timeline of the latest Tweets.”
1/ We’re working on new ways to give you more control over your timeline. But first, some context: Twitter helps you see what’s happening by showing the best Tweets for you based on your interactions.https://t.co/H5nuhQy3r2
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) September 17, 2018
In the meantime Twitter has changed the way its “Show the best Tweets first” option works. Previously, unticking this option meant you would still see recommended and missed tweets. Now, if you untick this you should just see tweets in chronological order.
Uh. Muting suggest_recycled_tweet_inline and suggest_activity_tweet actually has fixed my timeline. It's all chronological and there are barely any "x and y liked" tweets. pic.twitter.com/Dva6LPQyLF
— Unionize Twi++er ? (@EmmaKinema) September 16, 2018
While Twitter claims it has been planning this for a while, it happened to pull the trigger soon after a tweet detailing a workaround went viral. The tweet, embedded above, shows how muting certain words can force Twitter to deliver a chronological timeline.
Welcome Back, Sweet Chronological Timeline
Regardless of the timing, and Twitter’s reasoning for acting now, years after people started complaining, this is a positive move. Sure, most of us have got used to seeing random tweets inserted in our timelines, but that doesn’t mean we like it.
If you’re not already on Twitter this is as good a time as any to give it a go. So why not read our guide to using Twitter to help you get started. Or, if you’re already big into Twitter you might want to take a deep dive into Twitter Analytics instead.