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New Twitter Timeline Feature Groups Together News Links

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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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chucker23n1

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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”.
 
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martyjmclean

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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”.
But then you'd be spending less time on their platform. ;)
Thankfully, Instagram are (sort of) returning to a chronological feed.
 
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chucker23n1

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But then you'd be spending less time on their platform. ;)
Thankfully, Instagram are (sort of) returning to a chronological feed.

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.
 
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maflynn

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Ugh, I barely use twitter now, I think this will only quicken the pace of my departure.
 
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C DM

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But then you'd be spending less time on their platform. ;)
Thankfully, Instagram are (sort of) returning to a chronological feed.
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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