Twitter unveiling new Timeline showing recommended tweets

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said Saturday the social media website’s stream of tweets will stay live and in real time and Twitter today announced a new Twitter timeline that shows tweets at the top that the service recommends, instead of the most recent tweets.

They’re designed to be the best tweets that users may have missed based on what Twitter thinks you care about.

Some of the signals that feed that are the tweets you interact with, the topics you’re interested in, and the activity of people who are similar to you.

The tweets show up in reverse chronological order in the recommended section.

 

In a blog post announcing the change, twitter said:

“You follow hundreds of people on Twitter — maybe thousands — and when you open Twitter, it can feel like you’ve missed some of their most important Tweets. Today, we’re excited to share a new timeline feature that helps you catch up on the best Tweets from people you follow.

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. 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.

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. Then we’ll be turning on the feature for you in coming weeks — look out for a notification in your timeline. We love it and think you will too. If you don’t, send your thoughts our way, and you can easily turn it off in settings.

We think this is a great way to get even more out of Twitter and we’re excited for you to experience it. Let us know what you think!”

Twitter product manager Michelle Haq said.

“We think this is gonna make life easier across the spectrum for users,” 

“We noticed across the board this caused users to create and interact more. We do prioritize transparency and control, so our customers have a choice. They can turn the experience off in settings, they can get curious and turn it back on, this is an option.”

Right now, the change will just show up as an option for users, but the company will gradually turn it on for parts of its user base.

Once turned on, the users will get a notification that it’s activated and have an option to jump straight to the settings screen to turn it off if they like.

“Our users are really enthusiastic,” Haq said.

“To me that’s a plus, we never have to beg for feedback from users like other companies do. We’re really excited to announce this tomorrow, set the record straight, emphasize it’s an option for them, emphasize the problem we’re trying to solve, and see what they say.”

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