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How to fix Twitter’s huge, annoying mistake
The most annoying feature change in recent Twitter memory is fixed.
Twitter really, really wants us to pay attention to Moments, that tab that features a collection of tweets and storylines of popular news and information, handpicked by Twitter.
On Friday, Twitter made an even greater attempt to get us to use Moments—it moved the tab smack dab next to your timeline on Twitter for Web. Previously, the Notifications tab took up the spot second from the left at the top of your screen.
Naturally, people are annoyed. If you’re a hardcore Twitter user, the change was abrasive. Muscle memory knows that the Notifications tab is second from the left, so I clicked on it without thinking. The first couple times I wound up in Moments I thought I clicked over too far. Then I realized the change—and reacted like many across the platform.
Twitter switching the notifications button with moments is its dirtiest trick yet.
— Kate Aurthur (@KateAurthur) December 4, 2015
Did they just shove the “Moments” section into the spot of Notifications to trick people to actually look at it. It fooled me.
— Ross O’Donovan (@RubberNinja) December 4, 2015
Twitter you’ve crossed the line. How dare you switch moments with notifications.
— Scott Lussier (@ScottGandhi) December 5, 2015
Twitter you are NOT cute moving moments icon where the notifications ones used to be. I fell for it ONCE and that is all you’re gonna get
— Jessie Jessup (@JessieJessup) December 4, 2015
Dear twitter, after blocking Tor users you now moved the “moments” button where notifications once were. We don’t like this. ~Anonymous
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) December 5, 2015
Thankfully, you don’t have to deal with this annoyance for very long. While it likely would be easy to retrain your brain and clicking finger to avoid Moments once again, Twitter user Cullen Macdonald helpfully created a Chrome extension that switches them right back.
Simply follow the link to find “Moments Notification Swap” in Chrome Web Store and click on “Add to Chrome.” It takes five seconds, and once it’s been added, you can go back to using Twitter how it’s meant to be used. With the Notifications tab right next to Home.
Thank you, Cullen.
Illustration by Tiffany Pai
Selena Larson is a technology reporter based in San Francisco who writes about the intersection of technology and culture. Her work explores new technologies and the way they impact industries, human behavior, and security and privacy. Since leaving the Daily Dot, she's reported for CNN Money and done technical writing for cybersecurity firm Dragos.