Twitter is testing new way to switch your timeline

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Our wishes are about to be granted as Twitter finally confirms it is testing chronological timeline. The microblogging company in a tweet said tests are already being carried out with a handful of Twitter users.

Chronological timeline will display tweets by post time, instead of showing an 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.

Sometimes you want to see the latest Tweets, first. We’re testing a way for you to make it easier to switch your timeline between the latest and top Tweets. Starting today, a small number of you will see this test on iOS,” Twitter said in a tweet.

Only a handful of iOS users as well as Twitter employees have access to the test, but we believe a wider roll out could be available in no distant future.

The feature will be represented by a new button that will appear on the top right corner of your feed. When you click it, you will be presented with options for ‘switch to latest tweets’ and content ‘preferences.’

Just to be perfectly clear and to calm fans of the old order [curated feed], the button will always allow you to switch back to previous settings. That means you will still be able to go back to how things were before the switch—so, it is not a permanent one.

Also, Twitter is bringing the floating compose icon to its iOS app. The floating compose button is a perfect idea for one-handed scrolling and tweet composing. The microblogging company did not mention whether it plans to add similar change to other versions.

We’ve got a shiny, new compose button to unveil on Twitter for iOS! Easier than ever to use, the floating icon is prominently displayed and perfect for one-handed scrolling and Tweet composing. Pro tip: Press and hold the icon to access your drafts, photos, and the GIF gallery,” Twitter announced in a tweet.

Twitter, during the course of the week updated its spam reporting tools—you now have the ability to flag specific tweet as spam. As a matter of fact, you can now specify what kind of spam you are seeing, and report spam you believe may have originated from a fake Twitter account.

When you tap the “Report Tweet” option and choose “Its suspicious or spam” from the first menu, Twitter will present you with a new selection of choices where you can pick what kind of spam the tweet contains.

Among other options available, you will be able to specify if the tweet contains a malicious link, from a fake account, if it is using a hashtag that is not related to the post, and if the Reply function is being used to send spam.


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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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