Twitter finally rolls out reverse-chronological feed option for all users

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Twitter has finally granted the wishes of users—and by popular demand, is reintroducing the chronological feed option for every user. The microblogging platform had last month confirmed that it was testing chronological timeline with a handful of users at the time.

Chronological timeline will display tweets by post time, instead of showing algorithmically that we all have been used to for a while now. Well, it might not be in the order of importance necessarily, but at least you will get to see those tweets as they are posted by other users in your timeline.

Twitter, per The Verge said the reason for adding the chronological feed option is in recognition of the fact that its platform is often useful in real time, and especially during live events as sports games.

To access the new Twitter feed, simply tap the cluster of small stars to see the latest tweets. Unlike in the past, Twitter will gradually learn your behavior, and will make the chronological feed your default if you routinely switch to the latest tweets.

For now, the chronological feed feature is only rolling out to all iOS users from today, while users in other platforms will have their turn in the coming weeks.

Last month, Twitter announced an update to the Explore tab for iOS—a new tab at the top of the page now organizes all the best tweets “picked just for you.” When you visit the tab on your iPhone or iPad, you will see sections such as Entertainment, Sports, News, and Fun at the top. When you tap on any of them, you will see trending topics for that particular section. It is a way to get people to use the Explore feature that was launched last year by Twitter.

In other Twitter news, the microblogging company is reportedly adding a new back and forth feature that lets you skip video almost the same way people do on YouTube is now being added to Twitter. This small, but very important update, will let you quick-tap any video either on the left or right side of your screen to skip it back or forward by five seconds.

Unlike what we have in YouTube where you double-tap a video to skip it back or forward, that of Twitter only requires a single tap. Also, while that of YouTube increases by 10 seconds, Twitter’s new video control only allows for five minutes.

The video control has not been seen by many users, which either means it is still being tested or is gradually being rolled out.

Twitter is also gradually rolling out or testing a new indicator feature. Just like some third-party apps, Twitter is now alerting some users which client tweets emanated from. This shows that a new update has either been released or being tested to rolled out at a yet-to-be announced date.


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Author: Ola Ric

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