Twitter sets its iOS app’s default timeline to an algorithm
‘For You’, an artificial timeline from Twitter, will now be the iOS home screen’s default feed. Twitter had previously tried to pull this manoeuvre, but after receiving a lot of negative feedback, decided to offer the choice to return to a chronological timeline.
What has changed this time around, then?
Now, the Elon Musk-led firm displays both chronological and algorithmic feeds side by side. Swiping on the screens of their phones allows users to change between them. To navigate between the “Home” and “Latest” timelines in the past, users had to tap on the glitter icon in the top-right corner. Twitter claims that users can now quickly swipe between the renamed “For You” and “Following” timelines to explain its most recent modification.
Why do people don’t like it?
This design has a drawback in that users will by default view the algorithmic timeline, which may lead to a decrease in their use of the chronological timeline over time.
The fact that you will now have to swipe farther to switch between lists if you utilise a pinned list on your account for different timelines is another frustrating aspect of this adjustment.
We cannot claim to have been unaware of this. The “primary timeline should allow for an easy sideways swipe between top, latest, trending, and topics that you follow,” Elon wrote in a tweet last month. Twitter announced last month that it was taking steps to display more tweets from users who are not following you in your timeline. The business said at the time that this modification would let all users see the platform’s “greatest” content.
Twitter is not the first to take this step
Not just Twitter is responsible for promoting algorithmic feeds. When users launch the TikTok app, an algorithmic feed titled “For You” is already shown. Additionally, Instagram has been recommending material to users. Users can choose between a chronological or a favourite feed, but there is no option to make one of these timelines the default view. However, Instagram is not done yet. By the end of this year, the firm intends to double the amount of recommended material, according to Mark Zuckerberg’s statement from last year.
The corporation is not the only one making changes, other than making an algorithmic timeline the default feed. Musk claimed that Twitter is developing tools that will allow users to alter the font size and add formatting such as bold, italic, and underlining. The intention, he said, is for users to “publish long-form content natively” on the platform.
So, how do you feel about this Twitter’s change? Do you believe that the users of these social media sites are gradually losing the ability to access the content they want?