Twitter just made a big change to our timelines, and I hate it

Opinion: Yet again, Twitter adds a feature nobody asked for

It appears Twitter has just flicked a switch to let you slide between two feeds on iOS, where you can decide between a feed of top tweets or chronological tweets.

However, this feature has been available for a while, thanks to the star icon on the top-right corner of your screen. You could switch between the feeds through here, and one feed would display on the app instead.

But there’s now an additional swipe required to go to your profile if you’re on the ‘Latest Tweets’, and none of this makes sense. While it’s rolling out to iOS for now, Twitter has said that it’s soon coming to Android and the web in the coming weeks, but I’m hoping this change is rolled back and forgotten about as soon as possible.

An additional swipe is an additional annoyance

Twitter is the social platform I use the most. Granted, there’s some tweets that are written just to drum up pointless discussion, or as an attempted joke to try and go viral, but in the majority of my time there, I’ve found it to be a good place, and I’ve met a lot of great people through it.

An additional swipe is an additional annoyance

Twitter is the social platform I use the most. Granted, there’s some tweets that are written just to drum up pointless discussion, or as an attempted joke to try and go viral, but in the majority of my time there, I’ve found it to be a good place, and I’ve met a lot of great people through it.

Toward the end of 2021, the company brought out a feature to display your top tweets – this meant that any tweets with the most interaction at that time, whether it was likes or replies, would be shown at the top of your feed. But Twitter was adamant that the choice between this and a chronological feed would remain.

Overnight, it looks as though that train of thought has gone off the rails.

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Top Tweets first or latest Tweets first? We’re making it easier to switch between the two timelines and know which one you’re scrolling. Now testing with some of you on iOS: swipe between “Home” and “Latest” on the Home tab to choose which Tweets you see first.

Not only does it add an additional step to decide between two feeds, but I’ve already found myself to be confused as to which feed I’m looking at.

Not being able to unpin the algorithmic timeline feels backward, and puts the user into a corner, where you have to abide by Twitter’s design, whether you like it or not.

The company has been trying different features and refinements in the last 18 months, with Fleets being a great example of something that didn’t work, and it was soon scrapped.

I’m hoping the same repeats here, where Twitter will soon realize how irritating this change is, as I don’t see how this benefits the user when the choice was already there, and had been designed in a better way for months anyway.

By Daryl Baxter

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