Twitter has 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.” The microblogging platform announced this minor update in a tweet posted a few hours ago.
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.
It is going to be a tough one getting people to accept this new update for a couple of reasons. What Twitter should have done is give users an option to determine what they want to see first. How on earth do you determine what tweet or content interests a user? Moreover, the update doesn’t seem to give users a workaround—everyone seems stuck with the update.
Starting today in the US, we’re making it easier than ever for you to explore Explore. Tabs at the top of the page organize all the best Tweets, picked just for you. Perusing topics like news, sports, fun, and entertainment is now just a quick tap away! pic.twitter.com/LkgYAUZ4WJ
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) November 14, 2018
As expected, a lot users did not hide their feelings—and from the replies to that post, it is obvious that people really don’t want the update.
We could yet have our wishes come true if a test currently being carried out by Twitter turns out to be successful—the microblogging company is testing a chronological timeline.
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.
Chronological timeline 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.
Twitter is also 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.