New Twitter Timeline Feature Groups Together News Links

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Twitter has updated the way its main timeline treats trending news stories, so that tweets from users linking the same story get grouped together (via BuzzFeed).

    The change means users will now see a banner at the top of their feed that lists links to a particular story from people they follow, and should prevent users from seeing multiple shared links to the same story in their timeline.

    The update represents the latest move in an ongoing strategy to make the social media platform more news-centric, with recent experiments focusing on algorithmically curated timelines for major events, combining news reports with tweets by the public.

    Image via BuzzFeed

    Twitter has also been testing a "camera-first" feature that's designed to put more emphasis on video and images. The feature combines location-based photos and videos with Twitter Moments around notable events, with companies able to sponsor events or put ads between tweets.

    Twitter already shows live news broadcasts in a live-streaming window next to its timeline during major breaking news events. In 2016, the app also got moved to the News category in the App Store to highlight the change in direction for the company.

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  2. Xenc macrumors 65816


    May 8, 2010
    London, England
    “Here are some tweets you may have missed”
  3. chucker23n1 macrumors 68020


    Dec 7, 2014
    I know this is hard to get into the skills of marketing folks at Facebook and Twitter, but I want posts to appear in reverse-chronological order no matter what. I don’t want “here’s what you missed”, I don’t want it to “cleverly” filter stuff out, I don’t want grouping.

    I don’t want “trends”. I don’t want “the best tweets first”. I don’t want “personalization”.
  4. martyjmclean macrumors 6502


    Jan 24, 2018
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    But then you'd be spending less time on their platform. ;)
    Thankfully, Instagram are (sort of) returning to a chronological feed.
  5. chucker23n1 macrumors 68020


    Dec 7, 2014
    I already spend far too much time on Twitter. My timeline averages hundreds of tweets per day, and I'm a completionist.

    I'm easily willing to pay Twitter an annual subscription just to get rid of the nonsense. Instead, I'll have to use a third-party client that gives me a much simpler timeline, but lacks stuff like polls because Twitter won't provide an API.
  6. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Ugh, I barely use twitter now, I think this will only quicken the pace of my departure.
  7. cocky jeremy macrumors 68040

    cocky jeremy

    Jul 12, 2008
    Columbus, OH
    One of many reasons I use Tweetbot. No BS to sift through.
  8. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    But if the platform isn't showing me what I want to see and it's cumbersome for me to try to find what I actually want to see, seems like I'd be spending less time because of that since I'd be avoiding it more and more due to me not really getting what I want out of it anyway and essentially my dislike of it because of that.

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