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Here’s how to get your Twitter feed back to the old, reverse chronological order

Hallelulah, the reverse chronological feed is back!


Christina Bonnington


Posted on Sep 18, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 6:14 am CDT

After years of outcry, Twitter is finally listening to its users and bringing back the chronological feed.

Twitter announced the move somewhat subtly in a series of tweets late Monday. The company said that it’s working to help Twitter’s timeline be more relevant to its user base, but in the meantime, users can make a switch in their Settings to see tweets from their followed accounts in reverse chronological order.

Twitter first enabled its hotly debated algorithmic timeline back in 2016. The new algorithm hinged on showing users the “best tweets first”—tweets that were trending, gaining in popularity, or from Twitter personalities you most often interact with. Over the past two years, this algorithmic timeline completely changed users’ Twitter feeds, self-selecting news and tweets that were popular even if they were less relevant to that particular user. It could also bury tweets from less notable colleagues or friends.

Then, because tweets from certain followers didn’t get prominent placing, you were less likely to interact with their tweets—and even more unlikely to see their tweets moving forward.

To enable the reverse chronological feed, open the Twitter app and tap on your profile image. Next, select the “Settings and privacy” option, and then Content preferences. Twitter will have “Show me the best Tweets first” automatically checked in this menu—you’ll want to uncheck it.

In May, a search settings tweak that made the rounds let users view what their timeline looked like ten years ago. This highlighted the vast differences between Twitter’s current algorithmic feed and the old chronological one—and how much Twitter has changed since it first debuted.

Some hope that by disabling the algorithmic feed, Twitter can undo some of the deleterious issues it’s been experiencing with regards to malicious parties spreading false newselection interference, and accusations of bias. At the very least, it should surface some accounts you haven’t seen for ages—and let you know once and for all whether that algorithmic timeline improved your Twitter experience or not.

H/T the Verge

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*First Published: Sep 18, 2018, 11:16 am CDT