Twitter Feed: Real-time vs Algorithmic Timeline

Twitter has announced a new feature that help users catch up on the best tweets from people they follow, rather than the norm of real-time update to timeline. It'll afford users the option to get the tweets they’re most likely to care about to appear at the top of the feed.

The machine-learning algorithm understands your interest as you interact more with the tweets, meaning the more you use it, the more accurate the suggestions get over time.

It update tweets in recent and in reverse chronological order, and based on your previous behaviors (reply, Retweet, or like), Twitter will now place the feeds you’re most likely to care about at the top of your feed.

Real-time vs Algorithmic Timeline

Some users have already started to scream “Death to Twitter”, it is worth knowing that the feature isn't available by default, and you'll need to opt-in to get the new feature. So therefore, no fuse as you can choose to leave your timeline as it is now.

While, Twitter's real-time update has singled it out from the competitions and lending more to its credence, as natural conversation is supposed to be spontaneous. However, when you follow hundreds of people on Twitter — or maybe thousands — then, it can feel like you’ve missed some of the most important Tweets with real-time update.

What Twitter's algorithmic feature is trying to achieve is presenting you with the best contents you’re most likely to interact with based on interest.

Albeit, there are fears about the possible abuse of the feature, as a monetization scheme, Twitter may want to offer paid access for brands that are looking for targeted advertising.

How to activate the new feature?

Once you log in to Twitter, you'll land on your timeline which displays a stream of tweets from accounts you have chosen to follow on Twitter.

You can adjust your setting for "Show me the best Tweets first" by doing the following: go to your "Account Settings" page, Under Content, look for "Timeline" and toggle the box next to "Show me the best Tweets first" to change the setting.

And after reading the suggested tweets, you can simply pull-to-refresh, and your timeline returns to default. Meanwhile, the feature will be rolling out in the coming weeks.
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