Twitter is bringing back your default timeline – hopefully for good this time


The site will now remember the last tab you selected


Twitter seems to have a touch of identity dysphoria that even predates its purchase by non-reclusive billionaire Elon Musk. While its initial success was rooted in consumable and timely blurbs, the company is constantly trying to push the kind of algorithmic home feed made popular by slower-paced, longer-form social media sites. Fortunately, users of the platform never seem to let Twitter stray too far from its origins.

ANDROIDPOLICE VIDEO OF THE DAY

Earlier this week, Twitter split its home feed into two tabs: For you and Next. The first tab used an algorithm to recommend content you might be interested in, without focusing too much on when the tweets were posted. The second tab, Next, was Twitter’s classic reverse-chronological timeline, featuring only posts from the accounts you follow and always showing you the latest news first. Tabs could be swiped for easy access, but tapping the Sparkle icon at the top of the feed no longer gave you the option to set For you as the main view – indeed, the algorithm was now the default, and there was no escaping it.

After a predictable backlash, CEO Elon Musk announced that the company would be working on a feature that remember which tab you visited last. This feature was officially unveiled by the Twitter team today – now the web version of Twitter remembers the last tab you selected and automatically defaults to that option the next time your home feed loads.

Twitter says this feature will make its way to Android and iOS apps in the coming days, but Android police tipster Moshe reports that the latest alpha version of the app already exhibited this behavior for them. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case when we ran our own tests, which could indicate account-based or server-side deployment for the feature on mobile.

If you want to try your luck and see if you can get the Android app to remember your preference for the Next , you can download a newer version. For best results, try the latest Twitter alpha version of APKMirror.

Thanks: Moshe