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How to view tweets chronologically on Twitter

As with Facebook’s feed and Instagram’s feeds, Twitter also lets you switch between its own algorithm-run timeline and a timeline that is sorted from most recent to oldest tweets. And so, if you’re not particularly interested in Twitter’s recommended tweets in its Home timeline, you still have the option to view a chronologically sorted timeline instead.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to view tweets in your timeline chronologically either on the desktop website or on the mobile app. You can’t go wrong with either method: They’re both incredibly simple.

How to view the most recent tweets first: on desktop web browser

If you normally scroll through Twitter via a desktop web browser, this is the method for you. Here’s how to view the most recent tweets first on Twitter’s desktop website:

Step 1: Go to Twitter.com and log into your account if you haven’t already.

Step 2: Once logged in, you’ll see your Home timeline. To switch your timeline view to show the most recent tweets first, select the Three star sparkle icon. It’s located in the top right corner of your main timeline.


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Step 3: From the menu that appears, select the See latest Tweets instead option. This option is also marked with a Double arrows icon.

That’s it. You’re now viewing your Twitter timeline chronologically with the most recent tweets posted at the top.

Desktop website Twitter timeline's latest tweets menu option.

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How to view the most recent tweets first: On the mobile app

You can also sort your timeline chronologically via the Twitter mobile app. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Open the Twitter app on your mobile device.

Step 2: On the main timeline screen, select the Three star sparkle icon at the top of your screen.

Twitter mobile app's Three star sparkle icon.

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Step 3: From the menu that appears, choose the Switch to latest Tweets option. This menu option is also marked with a Double arrows icon.

And that’s pretty much it. Your timeline should immediately be sorted now to show you the most recent tweets first.

The Twitter mobile app's latest tweets menu option.

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Twitter should build this feature to prevent accidental tweets from your company account

We’ve seen plenty of instances when a social media handle of a company has tweeted something that seems like a response from a personal account. It’s human to err, and forget to switch accounts when tweeting.

A concept from Lena Emara, a product designer at Twitter, will hopefully prevent you from doing this. Here’s how it works: when you’re tweeting, the app will show you the account the tweet will go out from, on the top of the composition window.

So just in case, you’re tweeting something personal from a brand’s account, you can notice it straight away and make changes accordingly. Scroll to the ‘Account breadcrumbs’ part of Emara’s tweet below for a closer look at her concept.

Apart from this, Emara showed off other concepts related to privacy as well. The first described how you can limit who can see your tweets, who can tag you in photos, and who can direct message you. Notably, one of the company’s designers recently demoed another concept that lets you tweet to a close circle of friends.

The second concept was about limiting discoverability, where you can turn off toggles for a certain time that makes your profile disappear from search and ‘Who to follow’ recommendations.

These are some handy concepts, but there’s no guarantee Twitter will put its resources to work to develop them. Lately, the company has been tweeting out theseconcepts to gather feedback about how it can improve conversation on the platform.

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New Yorker or Angeleno? Your tweets reveal which city you belong to

The Big Apple versus The Big Orange. The City of Dreams versus The City of Angels. I’m referring, of course, to the ongoing rivalry between New York City and Los Angeles. Hilarious “survey” videos and talk shows will give you one picture of the cities. My colleagues and I decided to take a more serious look at the differences between the cities, so we studied what everyone else was talking about – on Twitter.

We set out to answer a simple research question: Are people who are located near each other likely to tweet about similar things? To do so, we analyzed millions of GPS-enabled tweets across New York City and LA. This type of study – looking at huge amounts of social media traffic by location – is useful for more than tracking pop culture memes in different cities. It could be valuable for understanding many aspects of urban life, including the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If we were considering the case of a single, small community that takes pride in local events, celebrities and culture, the answer to our research question would be a resounding “yes.” One challenge in comparing two large, international cities is the reality that globalization has led to unprecedented interaction among multiple cultures and peoples, along with Starbucks and McDonald’s seemingly in every city on the planet.

For cities that are international but also take pride in their uniqueness, the key is teasing out the extent to which local qualities or global culture dominate tweeting behavior. We designed our methods to be precise enough to account for the fact that, contrary to the fun videos, New York City and LA are quite similar. Both have high housing costs, famous educational institutions, hospitals, museums and other cultural establishments, and residents who tend to vote Democratic.

Define ‘close’ and ‘same’

Our study tackled two problems: There’s no simple definition of “close together,” and it’s difficult to say whether two tweets are about the same topic. We combined several definitions of “close together,” ranging from people located in the same city to the distance in miles between their coordinates, using a common formula from spatial sciences.

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Twitter tests Trusted Friends to limit who can see tweets

Twitter was designed around the idea of something like a public bulletin board where people can post short snippets the length of a normal SMS. It has definitely grown out of that shell quite a while back and has given birth to use cases and concerns that some users might have developed that went beyond the platform’s core functionality. It seems that Twitter is experimenting with a few features that give users a bit more control over their posts and replies to their posts but at the expense of a bit more mental overhead for those same users.

Twitter does offer some control over the privacy of tweets, but it’s an all-or-nothing situation. A post can either be public or protected, but nothing in between. According to TechCrunch, Twitter is experimenting with a Trusted Friends feature that will let users choose specific people who will be able to see tweets and no one else. Instagram users might be familiar with something similar in “Friends Only” Stories.

Another feature the social network is testing is Reply Language Prompts, basically reminders or nudges about the kind of language or words that a user doesn’t want to see in replies. Unfortunately, these don’t actually stop people from going against the poster’s request but just serve as a visual reminder and an implicit request to be nice.

Facets is the alias feature that was leaked just a few days ago. Rather than limiting who can see tweets, it would let followers keep tabs only on specific topics based on the aliases or facets that the user makes. This could help keep work tweets separate from personal tweets, at least for those that want to follow just specific aspects of a person’s Twitter timeline.

These are definitely powerful controls, but they do come with drawbacks for some uses. It could create a mental hurdle in trying to decide which facet a tweet should be posted in or whether it should be public or for friends only. That said, Twitter makes no promises any of these will become final features, but it will definitely be disappointing if they don’t.

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Official Fortnite tweets tease massive island change may arrive this week

The latest and arguably greatest season of Fortnite Chapter 2 may experience some big changes in a future update expected to arrive this week. Rather than unofficial details from data-miners, Epic has teased the changes in a series of tweets — but it’s easy to miss them if you don’t know where to look.

Epic operates multiple Fortnite Twitter accounts, the most notable being the main English-language @FortniteGame account. That same account recently dropped a “Hot Saucer Leak” indicating that alien troops may soon appear on the island in a big way (below).

That’s the only teaser about whatever is coming if you look at the English-language account. However, fans have noticed that other Fortnite social media accounts, including the ones for Russia and the Middle East, have also shared their own teasers with additional details.

For example, the FortniteME account tweeted a similar message, noting that an intercepted call confirms alien ground forces are moving across the island starting from the west. “All island residents should take the utmost precautionary measures,” the tweet warns.

Notably, the FortniteME tweet includes an image of what appears to be an old crashed UFO in a large underground space, perhaps a cave. Two island agents dressed like shady government officials are visible overlooking the object. Epic doesn’t state what the alien ground troops are marching toward, but the image may tease the season’s wider storyline: perhaps a UFO had crashed on the island and the aliens arrived to retrieve it.

Meanwhile, the Spanish-language Fortnite Twitter account also shared the same message, but with an image of a crop circle.

Though the crop circle image isn’t anything new — Epic used crop circles as a pre-Season 7 teaser — the image shared on the FortniteME account is new. It’s unclear whether the account was supposed to include that particular image, but regardless it indicates an entirely new POI that may arrive next week.

Some fans speculate the crop circle image could also indicate either a new POI or a big change to an existing destination. The reason is that though Epic has previously used crop circles as promotional imagery for this season, the large field of green crops where it is located doesn’t appear to be anywhere currently on the battle royale island.

It’s difficult to say whether the image is meant to represent an actual POI or if the large corn field was simply used to showcase a crop circle as a generic photo related to the season’s theme. Epic hasn’t yet announced when the next game update will drop, but one is expected to arrive Tuesday — and assuming new POIs are coming, the patch is likely to be huge.



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Stop screenshotting, Twitter can now share your tweets to Instagram

There’s always that ONE friend who posts screenshots of their tweets to Instagram to score some much-needed validation. If you don’t have such friends, you probably are that friend.

Now, Twitter is testing a way to share tweets directly to Instagram. The company announced last night that it’s rolling out this feature to its iOS app for now. When you’ll hit the share button under a tweet, you’ll see the Instagram Stories option pop up.

This feature gets you out of the hassle of taking screenshots and posting them on Instagram. Plus, it saves your phone storage from being clogged with screenshots.

Twitter and Instagram have had a love-hate relationship in the past. Twitter’s co-founder and current CEO, Jack Dorsey, was a fan and a big proponent of Instagram when it launched. He had even advised the company to buy the photo-sharing service. However, as we know, Facebook finally sealed the deal by offering $1 billion.

Years ago, you could cross-post your Instagram photos on Twitter easily, and they’d show up as cards in tweets. However, in 2012, Instagram pulled the support for them in order to redirect more people to its own app and website.

This tweet-sharing feature may be just a minor step, but who knows, in the future, we could see better integration between two social networks.

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Twitter Undo button test lets users stop typo Tweets in their tracks

In recent weeks and months, Twitter has been either testing or rolling out a number of new features, and today the company was spotted testing a feature that’s bound to make a lot of users happy. Twitter is apparently testing an undo timer for sent tweets, allowing users to quickly change their minds and scrap tweets shortly after hitting the “Send” button.

While that does essentially have the same effect of deleting a tweet you’ve already published, with an undo feature you’re preventing anyone from ever seeing the tweet in question. Not only could such a feature be good for those times where you spot a typo as you’re hitting the “Send” button, but it will also obviously come in handy for those times where you’re tweeting impulsively and probably shouldn’t be.

The new feature was spotted by social media sleuth Jane Manchun Wong today, who published a gif of the “Undo” button that appears after sending a tweet. The button hangs around for a few seconds, giving users a brief window to tap it before it disappears. It also appears that hitting that Undo button will open up the editor with your original tweet again, giving you the chance to fix any typos you may have spotted at the last minute.

Wong’s tweet doesn’t give us any other information about this test. We don’t know how broad it is, who gets to test it, or how long it’s been in testing. Of course, since Wong isn’t a Twitter employee, we wouldn’t necessarily expect her to uncover this stuff just through datamining, so we’re left waiting to see if Twitter announces anything about this test on its own.

That said, an “Undo” button would clearly be a step in the right direction for users who have been asking for the ability to edit tweets, and it would probably prove to be popular with the Twitter user base as a whole. We’ll see what happens from here, and we’ll let you know if Twitter announces anything regarding the “Undo” button in the future.

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How to automatically delete your embarrassing tweets for free

Twitter’s great for sharing stolen memes, vapid opinions, and occasionally interesting news. But some of the toilet humor and “edgy” hot takes you tweeted in the past might not suit your new image as a wise-cracking sage.

If some malicious cyber-stalker digs them up, you could end up publicly-shamed, dumped, or even unemployed.

Unfortunately, Twitter doesn’t provide a way to bulk-delete tweets (assholes). Instead, the site suggests you manually remove the offending tweets, one-by-one.

But that can be a grueling task, littered with humiliating reminders of the past.

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A more expedient option is using a third-party app to automatically delete old tweets on a recurring schedule. Read on to find out how.

Automated options

A popular free tool is TweetDelete, which I’ve been using for a while now. It’s very simple to set up:

  • Go to the TweetDelete website.
  • Click “Login with Twitter” and enter your Twitter username and password.
  • Click “Authorize app” (if you’re happy to agree to the permissions).
  • Pick the ages of tweets you want to delete and how often you want to remove them. You can also choose to only remove tweets containing a specific word or phrase.
  • Check the box confirming you’ve agreed to the service’s terms, and hit “Delete my tweets!”
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