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Twitter testing timelines that aren't in chronological order

Emma Clark

Published 09/12/2015 | 09:40


Twitter is experimenting with timelines that aren't in chronological order. As you'd expect, some of its users aren't too impressed by this change.

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Some Twitter users opened the social media platform recently, only to find that everything had changed. Twitter is apparently testing timelines that aren’t in its typical chronological order.

Instead of catching the latest thoughts of those you follow, you may get a jumbled up timeline. A Twitter spokesperson has indeed confirmed that this is an experiment. “We're continuing to explore ways to surface the best content for people using Twitter,” they added.

It seems like a small change on paper, but it changes how the site operates. Imagine trying to follow breaking news or a major sporting event, for example. And a quick search for “timeline out of order” shows how difficult some people are finding it to adjust.

Twitter hasn’t been afraid to ring the changes since the appointment of new CEO Jack Dorsey. We’ve seen it add the “Moments” tab and swap out the Favourite icon for the heart-shaped Like button. Time will tell if Twitter sticks with its new approach to the traditional Timeline.

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