Weeks after successfully rolling out the reverse-chronological feed on iOS, Twitter has now reintroduced the feed to Android users. Hopefully things stay that way because millions of users on the platform were not happy while their traditional way of reading tweets was changed.
Twitter reintroduced the reverse chronological feed following popular demands by millions of users who didn’t like the fact that tweets were shown algorithmically. The first hint that the microblogging company was going to revert to the old order became visible last November when the company in a tweet said tests were already being carried out with a handful of Twitter users.
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.
While reverse chronological way of showing tweets has been restored, users still have no way of evading the ‘In case you missed it’ tweets.’ This, along with the occasional notification that lets you know when a friend liked your tweets will still continue to show.
According to The Verge, Android users can “switch between seeing top tweets and the latest tweets first by tapping the sparkle icon on the top right corner of the app.” They will, however, be able to switch to the timeline of their choice.
Twitter had last month 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.
Twitter is reportedly testing a new user interface that will among other things change the way you access tweets on the microblogging platform. The company says it is exploring new ways to better use space in large screens.
Users have been tweeting about the test, and the feedback will form Twitter’s next line of action per the new UI. Jane Manchun Wong, a reliable reverse engineer who has a reputation for calling several releases before they become official, posted a screenshot of the new UI.
Noticeably, it looks like Twitter will be retiring the “discover” feature, while the explore fire button might be coming with some functionality of its own. It looks like Twitter wants to get rid of clutters and probably make the platform easily accessible for users. Users will have access to more information—and of course, without those annoying clutters.