Twitter is grafting towards making a user’s timeline more suitable and user-friendly. They’re doing so by testing the best tweets feature, the Tweets you’re most likely to care about will appear at the top of your timeline – still recent and in reverse chronological order.
In the recent times the platform has been confused with what tweets do people want to see on their timeline and what order do they want to see it in. The platform has received a lot of flack for the same. They probably thought of testing different ways by coming up with a variety of algorithms might be the best way to judge.
The announcement was made by them through a thread of tweets.
1/ We’re working on new ways to give you more control over your timeline. But first, some context: Twitter helps you see what’s happening by showing the best Tweets for you based on your interactions.https://t.co/H5nuhQy3r2
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) September 17, 2018
Twitter also mentioned that they are open to feedback and might consider a balance of relevance and chronology.
Although their efforts are comprehensible, they are facing backlash from users on subjects like, they cannot know what’s best for the users based on algorithms, the most interacted with accounts are so because they are the only tweets that a user sees and more.
Probably the best way to create a suitable timeline would be to show one that’s chronological and let the users choose who they want to interact with most but as everyone can’t be happy with the same thing, perhaps settings to manage the timeline with options like most engaged with, chronology and more would be the ideal as it would give an individual to customize their timeline as they wish.
However, the only way to know would be once the new timeline is rolled out after Twitter acts in accordance with the feedback and comes up with an optimal option.
As per the company’s blog here’s how it works. You flip on the feature in your settings; then when you open Twitter after being away for a while, the Tweets you’re most likely to care about will appear at the top of your timeline – still recent and in reverse chronological order. The rest of the Tweets will be displayed right underneath, also in reverse chronological order, as always. At any point, just pull-to-refresh to see all new Tweets at the top in the live, up-to-the-second experience you already know and love.
“We’ve already seen that people who use this new feature tend to Retweet and Tweet more, creating more live commentary and conversations, which is great for everyone.” – as mentioned in the blog.