Update: Kayvon Beykpour from Twitter says this is a bug that is currently being fixed. The Twitter support account states that this has been fixed.
Twitter is making changes that conflict with its web application. Until recently, Twitter on the web allowed users to easily switch between algorithmic and chronological feeds with a single click. But that option will be completely removed for those who use Twitter in their browser.
Twitter has offered several options. It has been giving users the ability to sort their feeds for a long time: recent tweets and homepage. The first one is a purely chronological feed. that shows the tweet as it happens while the latter shows This setting is usually easily accessible with an icon directly above the timeline.
However, in the past few days, Twitter has begun removing the ability to view recent tweets from the Twitter.com web app for many users. The toggle between “Recent Tweets” and “Homepage” has been completely removed. The option still exists for some users. But it doesn’t seem to last.
One Twitter user also noticed that Twitter has updated its support documentation to note that the latest tweet option is only available on iOS and Android. The support documentation explains:
You can choose between viewing the top tweets first or the most recent tweets first in your timeline (Twitter for iOS and Android only). The most popular tweets are the ones that are likely to interest you most. And we choose them based on the accounts you interact with the most. Tweets you’ve contributed, and more.
Update: The support documentation changes seem to have been going on for quite some time. But it could mean that Twitter has long planned to discontinue support for “latest tweets” on the web.
A quick search on Twitter will reveal that many Twitter users are dissatisfied with the change. And new tweets came in quickly.
If you’re on a Mac, Twitter for Mac still has the “Recent Tweets” toggle, but it’s unclear how long it will take. It’s unclear whether Twitter will eventually remove the “Recent Tweets” option from native apps on iPhone, iPad, and Mac as well.
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