Twitter is Bringing Back the Reverse Chronological Timeline as an Option for Users

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Twitter recently confirmed that it is bringing back the classic reverse chronological timeline as an option for its users.

    In a series of Tweets sent by @TwitterSupport, the company explained that while it tries to balance showing you the "best" Tweets with the most recent Tweets, it "doesn't always get this balance right" (via TechCrunch).

    Following user frustration with this curated selection of Tweets -- which is sometimes mixed in with ads, Tweets your friends like, and more -- the company says it will soon provide an easily accessible way to switch between a timeline of Tweets that are most relevant for you and a timeline of the latest Tweets. The reverse chronological timeline option will come in the form of a test for some users "in the coming weeks."
    Twitter will introduce a stopgap solution before the full reverse chronological setting has launched. To do this, Twitter updated the "Show the best Tweets first" setting so that when you toggle it off, you'll only see Tweets from people you follow in reverse chronological order. Before when this was turned off, you'd also see "In case you missed it" Tweets and recommended Tweets from people you don't follow -- now all of this won't show up.

    The company didn't divulge when the full and "easier-to-access" reverse chronological timeline setting will launch, but says it will announce further details via @TwitterSupport.

    Twitter first rolled out its algorithm-focused timeline in early 2016, curating Tweets for each user based on their activity and ditching the simple reverse chronological flow of Tweets. The company tried to allow some form of customization with buttons that trained the algorithm for Tweets you might not like, but many users still opted for third-party apps like Tweetbot, which stick to a reverse chronological format and don't include ads, "In case you missed it," recommended Tweets, etc.

    Article Link: Twitter is Bringing Back the Reverse Chronological Timeline as an Option for Users
  2. KPandian1 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2013
    Great - I can read other people's first moronic tweets!
  3. BradWI macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2011
    Pro-tip: Just create a Twitter list with everyone you follow. Then you can view their tweets in reverse chronological order AND not have to see any ads or other useless stuff Twitter tries to push on you (things you might have missed, tweets your follows liked, etc).
  4. adamjackson macrumors 65816

    Jul 9, 2008
    I'm just annoyed Twitter started their tweet with "So..." It's a bad habit almost all young people are doing and it's pretty annoying. if you can drop the word "so" and the sentence still makes sense, it doesn't need to be included.
  5. scrapesleon macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2017
  6. thisisnotmyname macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2014
    known but velocity indeterminate
    Good, although my twitter use has gone WAY down since they dropped their Mac client.
  7. DocMultimedia macrumors 6502


    Sep 8, 2012
    Charlottesville, VA
    Tweetbot. Until Twitter kills third party apps. Then RIP my Twitter usage.
  8. mw360 macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2010
    The tweet is 4th in a thread. If you read tweet 3 you'll see why 4 starts with so.
  9. cocky jeremy macrumors 68040

    cocky jeremy

    Jul 12, 2008
    Columbus, OH
    Same. I've tweeted them every time they've taken steps to kill third party Twitter apps.

    "You're not making it more likely for me to use your client, you're making it less likely I use your service all together."

    Tweetbot or nothing for me.
  10. charlituna macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    they cut off several API so they have already killed many of the apps
  11. AlliFlowers Contributor


    Jan 1, 2011
    L.A. (Lower Alabama)
    I hate being forced to use the crappy Twitter client. I've had several good years using Tweetbot.

    I don't want them to determine what tweets are best. I just want a continuous scroll as the new tweets come in. Just like I used to have with Tweetbot!

    I'd be perfectly willing to pay Twitter directly for "premium use" to kill the ads. Have they not thought of this approach?
  12. OldSchoolMacGuy macrumors 601


    Jul 10, 2008
    TweetDeck is still available for Mac and works well.
  13. adamjackson macrumors 65816

    Jul 9, 2008
    I'm more annoyed that Twitter has 'threads' now. If you can't fit it into one tweet, start a blog which Twitter has and could just link to it there. They themselves can't work within character limits I guess?
  14. KPandian1 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2013
    Twitter will "Live Strong" as long as the idiot in chief has his faithless flock.
  15. shox2k2 macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2010
    Wichita, KS
    The only reason I have Twitter app is to vote in some polls a local radio does. I use Echofon. I don’t care what people like. I just want to see the tweets of the people I follow in the reverse order. I also don’t like ads in the timeline.
  16. BWhaler macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2003
    Great, another amorale silicon valley drone like Sheryl Sandberg, Zuck, and Dorsey showing how “user centric” they are.
  17. Futurix macrumors 6502


    Nov 22, 2011
    But chronological timeline was always an option?

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