Twitter rolls out reverse-chronological timeline for Android users

By Anuj Sharma - January 16, 2019
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The chronological timeline was default choice for users four years ago, till Twitter decided to integrate an algorithm-based viewing to best display feeds to users on its platform.

Twitter has introduced reverse-chronological timeline for Android smartphone users which will allow them to switch to the timeline as per their choice.

The feature is already available in iOS. Android users can now switch to view top tweets and the latest tweets first by clicking the sparkle icon on the top right corner of the app.

The chronological timeline was default choice for users four years ago, till Twitter decided to integrate an algorithm-based viewing to best display feeds to users on its platform.

In December of 2018, the feature was brought back to iOS users.

In November last year, Twitter said that it lost nine million users during the third quarter of the current fiscal – its worst quarterly decline ever. The social network revealed the drop in its earnings report on Thursday and admitted that it had anticipated losing around five million users during the period.

The micro-blogging platform now has 326 million active users. According to Twitter, the drop-in user base mainly due to the company’s continued efforts to take down fake accounts and automated bots that try to target legitimate users.

And to encourage conversations among its users, the micro-blogging platform will now allow select users to try out new features, such as status updates, before rolling them out globally.

'We want to develop a service for the people that are using it, and we have to involve people in that way,' said Sara Haider, Director of Product Management at Twitter, in an interview to Engadget at the consumer electronics show happened last week in Las Vegas.  

'We have a platform that the world uses to speak their mind, why not use that as part of our development process,' Haider added.

The company will start testing the programme in the coming weeks, and while anyone is allowed to apply to join, only a few thousand users will actually get to test the feature. Those who participate in the test programme would be required to share their feedback with Twitter.

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