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Twitter Changes Everything With Its New Algorithmic Timeline, Will Show ‘Best Tweets’ First


Does that mean Kanye West No. 8 will surface first? Twitter has announced its plans to roll out a new algorithmic-based timeline that will show tweets in order of most importance and relevance.

The news surprised many this weekend considering the traditional time-driven format has been an essential foundation for the platform since it first launched in July 2006. However, the uproar that initially faced the brand this weekend was slightly quelled by Wednesday, February 10, after the brand's Senior Engineering Manager, Mike Jahr, detailed the updates in a blog post for the site.

"Here's how it works," the tech guru wrote in the post titled "Never miss important Tweets from people you follow."

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"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. 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."

The engineer also explained why the company has opted for this switch up. "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. To check it out now, just go into the timeline section of your settings and choose 'Show me the best Tweets first'. We'll be listening to your feedback and making it even better over time."

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The new timeline will be released in the coming weeks on Android, iOS and in web browsers. For those who aren't entirely on board with this concept, users can turn it off.

The news, which was first announced this past weekend, created an uproar on the Internet with people using the #RIPTwitter hashtag. However, CEO Jack Dorsey — who's recently dealt with a series of hits, including numerous tech glitches and other internal issues that have scared investors — told users that he was excited about the new feature. "Twitter is here to stay! By becoming more Twitter-y," Dorsey wrote in one response.

This isn't the only significant change to a social media platform to create an uproar. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced last September that it planned to roll out a "Dislike" button, but the complaints were short-lived. The brand announced a month later that the "Dislike" button was actually a set of emoji "reactions."

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