Last week, Twitter introduced one of its worst product decisions in a while: The service would default to displaying the home feed served algorithmically while the latest reverse-chronological feed was accessible in a separate tab. The change, which was available on iOS first and was slated to come “soon” to Android and the web, made it harder to view tweets in chronological order. Following a major setback, Twitter announced on Monday that it would restore things to the way they were.
“We heard you – some of you always want to see the latest Tweets first,” Twitter said in a tweet. on his support account. “We’ve reversed the timeline and removed the tabbed experience for now while we explore other options.”
We heard you –– some of you always want to see the latest Tweets first. We have restored the timeline and removed the tabbed experience for now while we explore other options. https://t.co/euVcPr9ij6
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) March 14, 2022
Some users have shared critical change almost immediately after its March 10 announcement, as the latest stream is preferred over the Home stream by many. The out-of-sequence home feed can be confusing at times, especially for people who use Twitter for updates during a news event like the war in Ukraine. However, two Twitter frames noted in responses to Edge editor Casey Newton that they would be working on the issue, and it looks like the initial change won’t go as planned.
The constant forced return to the home timeline is Twitter’s worst product decision in ages. I’m here for the latest tweets, not the biggest tweets!
—Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) March 12, 2022
“We take feedback seriously, and in this case, we’ve heard that the new pinned Home & Latest doesn’t give you the level of control over your timeline that you want,” Twitter spokesperson Shaokyi said. Amdo, in a statement to The edge.
However, based on what executives have said, it looks like Twitter may be looking at other possible timeline changes in the future. “Giving people choice and control over their Twitter experience is very important,” said Twitter’s new vice president of consumer products, Jay Sullivan. in a reply to Newton on March 12. “I will work on it. Stay tuned.” Sullivan added that he hopes the platform can reach “a nice balance for all.”