Following reports of a major overhaul for Twitter feeds, the company rolled out some pretty minor changes.
This week, Twitter did unveil a new Timeline algorithm but the changes were tame compared to what earlier reports had suggested. On Wednesday, Twitter introduced a new option for users called, "Show me the best tweets first." With this enabled, users will see tweets selected by an algorithm to be "the best" instead of the most recent ones at the top of their timeline. Currently, this feature is an opt-in option, but Twitter plans to roll it out as a default feature over the coming weeks. "Here's how it works. You flip on the feature in your settings; then when you open Twitter after being away for a while, the Tweets you're most likely to care about will appear at the top of your timeline – still recent and in reverse chronological order. The rest of the Tweets will be displayed right underneath, also in reverse chronological order, as always," explained Twitter in a blog post on the new feature. "At any point, just pull-to-refresh to see all new Tweets at the top in the live, up-to-the-second experience you already know and love."
According to Twitter's tests of this feature, users tend to have more activity with these "best" tweets. "We've already seen that people who use this new feature tend to Retweet and Tweet more, creating more live commentary and conversations, which is great for everyone," said Twitter. The company noted that users can turn off this feature when it becomes a default option via settings. Turning off the feature is universal so you won't need to worry about disabling it manually across all your devices.
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