Musk: next update will remove default
It’s been almost three years to the day since Twitter started showing users an algorithm-sorted home feed by default instead of the classic chronological timeline that users had grown accustomed to. The company toyed with disabling the default timeline feed last year before finally canning the idea. But it seems the app is still hot and cold on the idea – this week Twitter started pushing Android users to its new “For You” tab and it seems to have caught enough criticism that the owner Elon Musk responds with a mea culpa of sorts.
The change had already rolled out to the web and iOS versions of Twitter, but Android users now also see the tabbed layout. Even if you had chosen Pin your latest timeline option in previous versions, your home feed will now be split into tabs titled “For You” and “Last”, with the former being the default.
For you contains content that Twitter thinks you will find relevant, while Last is simply a stream of tweets from all the accounts you follow with the most recent displayed first.
You can switch between the two tabs with a horizontal swipe, so you don’t have to press the button at the top of your screen. However, tapping the flickering icon at the top of your home feed no longer gives an option to default to the timeline view – instead you can only “Unpin your last timeline”, which disables the view tabbed and makes Algorithmic Feed the only option you’ll see when browsing the home section of the app.
these rather unpopular changes follow the near-constant turmoil on Twitter since Elon Musk bought the company and fired many of the social media giant’s former executives. Policy changes are starting to impact Twitter faster for Android users lately, as third-party smartphone clients have just been banned and a revised subscription model for Twitter Blue has been rolled out with pricing. higher on mobile than its web counterpart.
On Friday night, Musk tweeted that a future Twitter update would prevent the app from defaulting to the “For You” tab when users open it. He also responded to a user’s suggestion to allow tabs to be ordered however they want by saying it’s an “upcoming feature”.
User responses to the announcement have generally been positive, but it remains to be seen if the sentiment remains that way before Twitter acts on the appeal.
In the meantime, the new layout with its default setting seems to come with a server-side update, but you can try restoring the Twitter app to a previous APKMirror version. Or, if you’re the type to embrace change even when it’s a bit of a user antagonist, you can click the Play Store download link below to make sure you have the latest version installed.