What Happened To Your Happy Twitter Algorithmic Timeline?

The Happy Twitter Algorithmic Timeline

Twitter Algorithmic Timeline

Did you know you can change your Twitter Algorithmic Timeline now? I had changed mine a while back when it first came out. I recently shared a tweet about this change from the Verge. The Verge claimed very few people were aware of it and barely anyone ever disabled it.

I received this response from a fellow tweep below from my tweet about it.



You can view the best tweets first! From what I’ve seen these tweets seem to with those that you engage with or like their tweets. Sounds a little familiar doesn’t it? It’s nice to see those type of tweets first on your timeline.

It you are unsure how to do it it’s under your profile settings and content. You can read the instructions from Twitter here too.  It is really easy to change your Twitter algorithmic timeline back and forth.

If you not liking someone’s tweets but still want to follow them there is always the MUTE button or you can just block users too. Those features are still available for you today.

Social Media Overload

It got me thinking more – I wonder how many other people don’t realize the control they have over their Twitter feeds. It was like the post I did a while back on the Facebook feed. Many people did not realize what they could do with their Facebook feeds. I think sometimes many of us (myself included) assume because we read about it online that everyone else has too. Do you realize how much stuff is out there online now to read ? It’s virtually impossible for everyone to read up on everything in a timely manner.

What Else Is New With Twitter?

  • Twitter Wants to Be Known As A News App – No longer as a Social Networking App. They changed their setting on the Apple app store to a News app last week. Twitter used to always be a Social Networking app. (Let’s see if they do the same in the Droid play store.) This is a way for them to get a little edge over Facebook. Twitter wants to separate themselves and who can blame them?
  • More Twitter Users – Yes, Twitter finally got more users this past quarter. (Q1) by 5 Million ACTIVE users ! That is nothing to sneeze at. Of course the revenue growth still isn’t good enough for the stock but I think in time it will be. Twitter is looking to video for more revenue streams in the coming future. It will be interesting to see where the future takes Twitter.

Have you changed your settings in your Twitter algorithmic timeline to see the best tweets first? 

Do you think Twitter can be known now as a News app vs a Social Networking app?

 I’d love to know more in the comments below from you!

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  • Sourav says:

    Hi, Lisa.

    Actually, I didn’t notice the changed twitter algorithm setting until I came here and check the news here. Thanks for knowing us the situation.

  • Hi Lisa,
    I am one of those that are not really keen on checking out the ‘backside’ of the twitter platform.

    Before now, I never have been aware of the Twitter Algorithmic Timeline.

    Now that I know, I guess its time to take more control of my “Twitter marketing” 😉

    Seeing the best tweets on timeline adds to the content and context view of Twitter engagements. Thanks for sharing this piece!
    I left the above comment in kingged.com as well.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Sunday, yes, it can surely help with your Twitter marketing. It also makes it quicker to use Twitter too once you set it up the way you want it. You are welcome. Thanks for coming by, commenting and sharing as well. Have a great week!

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  • Sourav says:

    Oh! While reading this, I was in the same situation as Megan. I had no idea about the algorithmic timeline. But yes, I used to see tweets from some particular people all the time, I did wonder if it was normal. Unfortunately, I was too lazy to do any research on the reason.

    Thank you for sharing this, Lisa. I went ahead and disabled it.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Sourav, Yes, you are not alone in that. LOL – I wouldn’t say lazy, just not enough time to keep up with everything. You are welcome and do you like that new feature on Twitter?

      • Sourav says:

        Not really. I turned it off. I recently started using Lists (too late huh! ), so if I need to check tweets from a certain group of people, I have lists for that.

        • Lisa says:

          Thanks Sourav for responding to my question. Lists are awesome! It’s never too late to start using them. After a while it’s good to update them too.

  • Peter says:

    Hey Lisa,

    this is the first time I heard about all these things you can do with Twitter so I thank you for the post and I’ll be sharing it with my followers just so they don’t miss out.

    I’m afraid I’m not one to delve into the inner workings of such things as Twitter and Facebook. Good thing there are people such as yourself and Mitch who are always willing to share their knowledge.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Peter, you are welcome. I know it is hard to keep up with all the changes. Sometimes I read something and think everyone knows but once I tweet it I learned otherwise. Thank you for coming by and taking the time to comment. Enjoy the rest of your week Peter.

  • This is a good share for those who might need it Lisa. I went a different route by creating different lists so I don’t miss any of the posts from folk I want to follow. Then again, I’m not even sure this would work on a Twitter client outside of the website, since the app I use on my phone and tablet still doesn’t have all the features that Twitter’s come up with.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Mitch, oh yes I love those lists on Twitter. I have to update some of mine – a few are a little outdated. I use the Twitter app on my mobile and the feature works great there too. They have come a long way on their mobile app. I used to use Tweetcaster but no need anymore. What one are you using now? I can switch between Twitter accounts via mobile now too. Thanks for coming by Mitch and have a great Tuesday.

      • I’m still using Tweetcaster because I paid for it lol I took a look at Twitter’s app & still didn’t like it; choices right? 😉

        • Lisa says:

          LOL, paying for it, now I get it Mitch. Yes, everyone likes different things, that’s why we so many options out there. Thanks for coming back to explain.

  • Brenda Pace says:

    Hey Lisa,

    Woohoo on the post! YES, I do view my best tweets first! I remember hearing about this and went into my settings and set it they way I wanted it. But, I actually forgot I did it until I read your post today. 🙂 I don’t think Twitter could ever be known as a News app. I mean, yes, I do read news there however it’s more of a marketing and networking tool for me.

    I appreciate you sharing this with us. I love learning more about Twitter!


    • Lisa says:

      Hi Brenda, you are ON it! I do see it as news – when there is breaking news on something of interest Twitter is the first place I check out with the hashtags to find more out. I’ve used it with weather many times and learned about an earthquake I felt years ago via Twitter. I see it as both for sure. You are welcome and I hope you are having a good week there Brenda. Thank you for coming by!

  • Hi Lisa,

    Interesting indeed 🙂

    Honestly speaking, I never paid any attention to changing my settings in my Twitter algorithmic timeline to see the best tweets first – just never tried it as such, as I hardly get that much of time to go through my timeline, but as you mentioned it – I’d surely check it out now. Something like the FB timeline I guess.

    Twitter known as a News app vs a Social Networking app would seem very different actually! I wonder why they want to do that though. I guess we just wait and watch if that ever happens.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

    • Lisa says:

      See, you were not alone Harleena. Yes, similar to Facebook’s timeline. I think they did to separate themselves from the others, I think a smart idea. Thanks for coming by Harleena with your input on this one. Have a great first week of May there.

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