Twitter’s Algorithmic Timeline – And How to Opt Out!
We’ve all heard the news about the new Twitter algorithm being introduced, so that timelines are no longer in chronological order.
The internet has been up in arms about this, with the hashtag #RIPTwitter going bonkers with people declaring they will leave Twitter (to go where, one wonders?) The change took place this week, and now the default setting for Twitter timelines is to see “the best Tweets first.”
Before you get your knickers in a twist though, it’s not the end of the world. Unlike the Facebook algorithm, which has been there forever and cannot be avoided, you can switch off the Twitter algorithm on your timeline.
How to disable the Twitter algorithm on your timeline:
In the top right of your screen, click on your profile picture to get the drop-down menu. From there, select Settings.
In Settings, scroll down to “Timeline” and uncheck the box next to “Show me the best Tweets first.”
From here, just save your settings – it will ask you to confirm your password.
To do this on a mobile device, just go to settings and search for the “Timeline” option – it’s in slightly different places on iOS and Android phones.
This means that your Twitter timeline will now revert to showing Tweets in chronological order – which is great for your Tweet-reading experience, but still means that many of your followers may not see your Tweets because they still have the algorithm active. In light of this, it’s probably best to share this knowledge with as many people as possible, so as to allow people the choice of changing their timeline.