As flagged by Twitter chief Elon Musk over the weekend, Twitter has immediately rolled out its new swipeable timeline choice, which is able to make it simpler for customers to change between the algorithm-defined important feed (which incorporates beneficial tweets from folks you don’t observe), and a chronological feed of simply customers that you just observe within the app.
See the Tweets you wish to see. Beginning immediately on iOS, swipe between tabs to see Tweets beneficial “For you” or Tweets from the accounts you’re “Following.”
— Twitter Assist (@TwitterSupport) January 11, 2023
Which Twitter really already launched in March final 12 months, with an choice to pin a swipeable feed of ‘Latest tweets’ after you tapped on the star icon within the high proper of the app.
The brand new course of is actually the identical, although Twitter’s renamed the feeds for ‘For You’ and ‘Following’, versus ‘Home and ‘Latest Tweets’.
Marvel the place they obtained ‘For you’ from.
Smirking apart, it really could also be a extra useful choice now than it was final 12 months, as a result of Twitter is now jamming in as many beneficial updates as it could into person feeds, in a bid to get folks to discover extra of what the app has to supply, and hold them engaged for longer classes.
Which is actually how TikTok has seen large success, by exhibiting you a relentless stream of issues that you just may like, versus making you observe any particular profiles essentially. It learns what you’re into, and serves you extra of it, which supplies it the benefit of highlighting extra of the very best content material from throughout the app, and boosting engagement.
The distinction right here is that Twitter’s algorithm is garbage, so you find yourself getting imprecise and tangentially associated tweets, based mostly on what folks you observe have favored or adopted, which isn’t a very partaking expertise.
So now, in the event you’re sick of all that, you possibly can simply swipe throughout to do away with it – whereas making it obtainable by default might additionally get extra folks utilizing the choice, versus having to faucet the celebrities icon and pin the timeline within the earlier iteration.
I might query the transfer from Twitter’s perspective, in that as Twitter works to enhance its algorithm, and lean into the expanded discovery, if folks get used to swiping throughout, it might render these efforts much less efficient, as folks gained’t even spend time within the algorithm-defined timeline.
Customers may even, as they did final time, push Twitter to make the ‘Following’ feed the default – which is why Twitter rolled it again, as a result of folks have been irritated that they couldn’t set the non-algo feed as their important alternative.
However once more, it makes some sense, and will present a greater expertise for lots of customers.
The brand new swipeable feeds choice is now obtainable on iOS. No phrase on Android availability as but.