Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Twitter to Revert Hostile “For You” Switch

Kyle Barr:

Twitter has reversed course on its extremely unpopular decision to make an algorithmically generated timeline the default for all Twitter users.


The change will start on the web version of Twitter before “soon” coming to the iOS and Android versions of the app. The move comes just two weeks after the company made the much-maligned decision to force feed users content based on stuff “You might like.”

It’s not just that they made “For You” the default but also that it would keep switching you away from “Following” after you had selected it, either when returning to the app or if you were scrolling down the timeline but moved your finger slightly to one side.

I still don’t think this makes the official Twitter app usable, as it does not do a good job of loading all the tweets if you’ve been away from the app for a while.

It also wastes a chunk of valuable screen space showing the tab titles even though I never want to use a different tab.


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