Ever since introducing features like ‘While You Were Away‘, Twitter has been seen as trying to dictate the way its users use the platform rather than letting them use it they way they want. Now, it looks like the micro-blogging platform is taking a step back – and in the eyes of its users – in the right direction. The company announced that it is testing a method to let users switch between the current system and the old reverse-chronological timeline.
In a string of six tweets, the company detailed the way it is going about bringing easy access to the switch between the two settings. But as a stopgap, it will currently be a part of the ‘Show the best Tweets first’ setting.
4/ So, we’re working on providing you with an easily accessible way to switch between a timeline of Tweets that are most relevant for you and a timeline of the latest Tweets. You’ll see us test this in the coming weeks.
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) September 17, 2018
It’s an encouraging change, and a reversion that’s way overdue. If you follow the many user replies to this string, you’ll see that it is a popular one that’s been wanted by everyone. It remains a wonder why Twitter decided to dictate its users preferences instead of letting its users decide what their own preferences are.