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Twitter announced that its listening to users and will give them the option to switch back and forth between "show the best tweets first" and "most recent tweets." Until now, Twitter's algorithm has shown tweets ranked by quality first and timeliness second.

"We're working on new ways to give you more control over your timeline," Twitter said yesterday on its site. Though users can't completely get rid of the "best tweets" feature, they can get their feed mostly back to chronological order:

  1. Open the Twitter app
  2. Tap the notifications bell at the bottom of the screen
  3. Tap the settings gear in the top right
  4. Uncheck "quality filter" if you prefer chronological order. You can switch it back at anytime.

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The update will show tweets only from the people the user follows in reverse-chronological order, placing the most recent tweets at the top.

Updates on social media tend to split down the middle. When Twitter Support announced the feed update, many users replied that they wanted to keep their feeds in chronological order.

The update, apparently planned for awhile, comes on the heels of a viral tweet from Twitter user Emma Kinema, where she showed how she reverted her timeline back to chronological order by muting suggest_recycled_tweet_inline and suggest_activity_tweet.

"[T]oday we updated the 'Show the best tweets first' setting. When off, you'll only see tweets from people you follow in reverse chronological order. Previously when turned off, you'd also see 'In case you missed it' and recommended tweets from people you don't follow," Twitter explained in a thread.

Originally, turning off the filter would still show 'In case you missed it.' Having the quality filter on helped tweets go viral faster and more often. The algorithmic timeline was designed to keep people engaged on Twitter.

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Takeaways

  1. Twitter updated its user feed to allow the quality filter, showing best tweets selected by Twitter, to be on or completely off.
  2. Usually social media updates are divided in popularity, but an overwhelming amount of Twitter users preferred the chronological timeline.

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Shelby is an Associate Writer for CNET's Download.com. She served as Editor in Chief for the Louisville Cardinal newspaper at the University of Louisville. She interned as Creative Non-Fiction Editor for Miracle Monocle literary magazine. Her work appears in Glass Mountain Magazine, Bookends Review, Soundings East, and on Louisville.com. Her cat, Puck, is the best cat ever.