Twitter for the web now stays on your preferred timeline

Twitter should now be less annoying about pushing the “For You” algorithmic timeline. The company announced that the web version now remembers which timeline you used last and uses it by default when you reopen it. The feature should also be coming to iOS and Android soon.

The update brings back functionality that existed before the tab user interface was introduced. There used to be a button that let you choose which version of the timeline you wanted to see. If you’re the type of person who occasionally comes to For You from Following or vice versa, the new version with the ability to remember which tab you left off should make that easier. This change probably won’t do much to appease users, who would rather just set it and forget it.

In my tests, Twitter successfully returned me to the next timeline after I closed the tab, but wouldn’t go to one of my pinned lists by default, something Elon Musk said should work when he announced this feature last week. However, it’s possible that the behavior is just a bug, as the list appears as a selected tab for a while before switching to the next tab.


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