Twitter's reverse-chronological feed finally makes it to Android


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  • Thursday, 17 Jan 2019

Both iOS and Android now have access to a reverse-chronologically ordered timeline. — AFP Relaxnews

About a month ago, Twitter nixed the algorithm-based timeline for iOS users in favour of the original reverse-chronological feed. As of this week, the classic feed format option is returning to Android devices, as well.

Four years ago, Twitter chose to swap the reverse-chronological tweet timeline that the application debuted with for a "smarter", algorithm-based feed bringing users the most trending posts "in case they missed them". This was a change that was not welcomed warmly by the majority of users, as it in essence defeated the purpose of a platform dedicated to live, real-time updates.

After a long run of trying to make this user-tailored feed happen, Twitter finally gave in to the constant requests to bring the OG feed back, which the company started implementing last month for iOS users, leaving Android owners out of the loop.

The company didn't completely get rid of the smart timeline, however; instead, it was made optional while the time-ordered one became the default.

On Jan 15 Android Twitter users everywhere rejoiced in the integration of the old-school feed back to their applications. Now, just by tapping the star icon in the top righthand corner of the screen, users of almost all phones will be able to swap between timelines featuring the latest or the top tweets. – AFP Relaxnews
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