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September 21, 2018

How to make Twitter for Android show tweets in reverse chronological order

by John_A

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Twitter made a horrible mistake years ago, and now they’re beginning to make it right again.

Twitter added the option to “Show me the best Tweets first” a while back, and it jumbled up our feeds and showed us old but popular tweets over the latest and greatest tweets from those we follow — and sometimes from those we didn’t follow. Blame algorithms. I don’t want to see old tweets, I don’t want to see recommended tweets, and I sure as sharing don’t want to see tweets from anyone I don’t follow.

Now, we can truly get back to basics and reclaim a reverse chronological Twitter feed.

5/ Meanwhile, today we updated the “Show the best Tweets first” setting. When off, you’ll only see Tweets from people you follow in reverse chronological order. Previously when turned off, you’d also see “In case you missed it” and recommended Tweets from people you don’t follow.

— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) September 17, 2018

Now, when you disable the “Show the best Tweets first” setting in the Twitter app, you’ll only see Tweets from people you follow in reverse chronological order. Prior to this change, turning this setting off would still show you the “In case you missed it” section of Tweets that broke up the chronological flow.

Open Twitter.
Tap your avatar in the top left corner.

Tap Settings and privacy.

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Tap Content preferences.
Tap Show me the best Tweets first to toggle it off and put Twitter back in true, uncluttered reverse chronological order.

Note: if Show me the best Tweets first was already unchecked, tap it twice to recheck it and uncheck it again and turn off the “In case you missed it” tweet blocks.

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In the coming weeks, Twitter also says it’ll introduce a feature that allows you to switch back and forth between two tabs on your timeline — one for the latest Tweets and another for what it thinks are most relevant to you.

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