If you have been following the #RIPTwitter hashtag you’ll see many users around the world complaining about Twitter’s intended timeline changes. It has introduced changes that will enable users to never miss an update again.
Here’s how it works according to Twitter:
- You flip on the feature in your settings; then when you open Twitter after being away for a while, the tweets you’re most likely to care about will appear at the top of your timeline – still recent and in reverse chronological order.
- The rest of the tweets will be displayed right underneath, also in reverse chronological order, as always.
- At any point, just pull-to-refresh to see all new tweets at the top in the live, up-to-the-second experience you already know and love.
Many users had confused this with the timeline being ALL in chronological order.
Twitter’s senior engineering manager, Mike Jahr has said “We’ve already seen that people who use this new feature tend to retweet and tweet more, creating more live commentary and conversations, which is great for everyone.”
To see these best tweets first, users will have to opt in, so no it won’t be forced on your eyeballs like many thought. You can activate the ‘show me the best tweets‘ feature in the settings menu.
In a tweet CEO Jack Dorsey said “Regarding #RIPTwitter: I want you all to know we’re always listening. We never planned to reorder timelines next week”, and promises not to change too much:
I *love* real-time. We love the live stream. It's us. And we're going to continue to refine it to make Twitter feel more, not less, live!
— Jack (@jack) February 6, 2016