Twitter won’t be pushing the “For You” algorithm timeline to users accessing the social site through the web thanks to the platform’s new update.
According to the company, “if you close Twitter on the “For you” or “Following” tabs, you will return to whichever timeline you had open last”. The microblogging website also said the same feature is expected to come to iOS and Android soon.
The update that displays algorithmic and chronological timelines side-by-side just like TikTok’s concept was rolled out to iOS users first, the web interface next, and then to Android of recent — replacing “Home” (algorithmic) and “Latest” (chronological) timelines.
However, it should be remembered that this isn’t the first time Twitter is rolling out a similar feature. The company first introduced its algorithmic timeline in 2016 then a sparkle icon to let users toggle between the algorithmic and reverse chronological feeds in 2018.
Later in 2022, they announced a design change letting users swipe between “Home” and “Latest Tweets” to switch timelines but the idea didn’t last after many complaints from users who didn’t like that the Home tab was being forced on them. The platform however implemented the same feature under a different name this time and is now walking back this change (kind of) still due to backlash from users.
Ever since Telsa boss, Elon Musk took over Twitter Inc. in October last year, the social site and the apps have been going through a lot of changes. Even with some of the changes receiving criticism, Musk keeps pushing the changes.