Twitter defaults to a For You web page now, identical to TikTok

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Twitter is altering how you progress between the algorithmically-driven timeline and the reverse chronological one and making the algorithmic feed the default.

In a change rolling out to iOS customers first, the corporate has taken away the star button on the high proper that allow you to change between two feeds. As a replacement are two tabs — one labeled “For You” and the opposite “Following” — and if you open the app, you’ll see the For You tab first.

What swiping between the 2 timelines appears to be like like.
Gif: Jay Peters / The Verge

For You, which shares a reputation with TikTok’s algorithmically-driven feed, is just like the previous “Dwelling” choice, which reveals you tweets from the individuals you comply with out of order, interspersed with tweets it thinks you could like. (This isn’t the primary time Twitter has copied a TikTok feature.) Following is what was once known as “Newest Tweets.”

Whereas the change makes it simpler to modify between them, taking a single swipe as an alternative of some faucets, there’s something that’s been misplaced — in the event you set your app to point out you the “Newest Tweets,” that will sometimes stick.

Now, nonetheless, even if you shut the app and reopen it, you’re proven the For You feed. That could be a little bit of a bummer; there are lots of people who far choose the reverse-chronological feed, and previous attempts to do away with it or make it tougher to entry have sometimes sparked ire. Whereas this modification does technically make it simpler to get to from the algorithmic timeline, it undoubtedly makes the latter choice tougher to disregard.

The previous interface with the star button continues to be out there on Android and net, no less than for now.

The change partially makes good on a promise from Twitter CEO Elon Musk. On December twentieth, he tweeted that the “Principal timeline ought to enable for a straightforward sideways swipe between high, newest, trending and subjects that you just comply with,” and mentioned that the corporate could be “making this modification quickly.” Thus far, there’s no choice to swipe to trending and adopted subjects, although the trending web page is just a few faucets away within the search menu.

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