Twitter Is Bringing Back The Reverse Chronological Timeline

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Either we’ve entered an alternate reality where Twitter cares about its users or something good has actually happened online for a change: The social networking site is bringing back the option to view your timeline in reverse chronological order.

Twitter Support announced Tuesday that it’s working on a way for users to switch between timelines with the “most relevant” tweets and the latest tweets. In the meantime, you can choose to turn off the “Show the best tweets first” setting, allowing you to see only the tweets from people you follow, not those recommended or “In case you missed it” tweets that have been clogging the TL.

In a follow-up tweet, Twitter says it hopes to “eventually replace this setting when the easier-to-access switch described above is available”.

This occurred shortly after a thread explaining how to effectively rig your timeline into a reverse chronological situation went viral. User @EmmaKinema found that “muting suggest_recycled_tweet_inline and suggest_activity_tweet” reversed her timeline to chronological order. (Twitter told The Verge that the changes have been in the works for some time.)

Twitter’s timeline algorithm has been an oft complained-about feature of the site, second perhaps only to the Nazis. For those readers who aren’t active users, the current algorithm means users might see tweets from 12 hours prior mixed with those posted mere seconds ago, a confusing juxtaposition, particularly in the middle of breaking news or an event — such as the State of Origin or an awards show — that people live-tweet on the site. Users will also see tweets simply liked by people they follow, as opposed to retweeted, obscuring the different functions between the two actions.

If you don’t trust Twitter to keep the reverse chronological feature, there are a few ways around it, beyond the hack mentioned in the thread above: You can use Tweetdeck or Tweetbot, and you should be able to view a timeline uninfluenced by the algorithm, promoted tweets or “in case you missed” modules.


Comments

    Neat! That muting trick should hit the spot in the meantime. I open twitter once every 2-3 days, and every time I open it, I click on 'see this less often' next to the In Case You Missed It block sitting at the top. Every time, it lies, saying it'll show that to me less often... and every time I open Twitter it shows it to me, as if I had done nothing at all.

      A search on twitter for those lines also recommended a fix for one of my pet peeves that would never fuck off:

      suggest_who_to_follow

    What to mute:
    suggest_recap
    suggest_who_to_follow
    suggest_activity
    suggest_activity_tweet
    suggest_recycled_tweet_inline
    suggest_recycled_tweet
    suggest_grouped_tweet_hashtag

    I wonder if just muting "suggest_" would stop all the suggestions?

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