Twitter to bring back chronological timeline - here's how to get it

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This is sure to be a welcome change for many Twitter power users out there, as it'll get them closer to the way Twitter used to be, giving you a reverse chronological feed without extra tweets popping up from accounts that they don't follow.

Twitter is planning to rejig its timeline again.

Twitter announced Monday it had updated the "Show the best Tweets first" setting, which when previously switched to off would display the "in case you missed it tweets" and recommended tweets from people you follow.

If you are a Twitter user, you are probably familiar with the frustration of seeing your timeline showing tweets that were posted hours ago instead of ones from a few seconds ago.

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Launched in 2016, the best-tweets-first timeline was the dreaded step toward what rival Facebook had been doing with its news feed for years. Since then, tweets are displayed according to what the system thinks a user likes to see. However, it also has received input from some Twitter members that occasionally they would like to see their Twitter feed in chronological order. In it, she detailed a way to reverse engineer algorithmic sorting, highlighting a much-requested feature to just show the tweets in reverse of the order they appeared.

Not everyone was a fan of the algorithmic timeline, though, and in a surprise decision, Twitter announced that it will allow users to easily switch to a view that shows the classic chronological timeline.

The plan is to offer users a setting that will show tweets only from people you follow and in a reverse-chronological order, placing the most recently sent tweets at the top of your timeline. Spoiler: You don't. Algorithms make our lives easier, and on social media that means finding tweets we're more likely to engage with - with an unfortunate filter bubble side effect.

Something to look forward to: Back in 2016, Twitter announced that it was introducing a Facebook-style algorithm-based timeline feature created to show people the "best tweets first".

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