Don’t worry if you hate Twitter’s curated For You section, because you now have a better way to avoid it. It’s Twitter updating its web and mobile apps default to the timeline tab you last opened. If you close the app after viewing the Follow Like a Smart Human history section, you’ll see it again when you come back. The default tab is rolling out today on the web and “coming soon” to the Android and iOS apps.
This won’t go back to the old “blink” button that saved space. Still, it lets you stick to your preferred timeline. This can be especially useful if you want to follow time-sensitive events (one of the main reasons many people use Twitter) and prefer not to switch tabs every time you check your feed.
Have any of you (all of you) wanted your timeline to default to where you last left it?
Starting today on the web, if you close Twitter in the About or Following tabs, you’ll return to the timeline you last opened. Coming soon to iOS and Android! https://t.co/uKz9DpNRux
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) January 24, 2023
For You is an algorithmically generated feed that highlights certain tweets based on the users and conversations that Twitter thinks are relevant to you. While this can surface slightly older posts you may have missed, it also tends to hide content from some users and makes it difficult to follow live events.
The update comes as Twitter faces criticism for its approach to customers since its acquisition of Elon Musk last year. The social network already bans third-party clients, forcing developers to shut down popular apps and turn to competing services like Mastodon. Many of these apps have given users more control over how their timelines look and have otherwise helped users avoid common Twitter annoyances. This change probably won’t satisfy fans of alternative apps. However, it can reduce the hassle of using official software.
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