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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Have multiple accounts? I want to make it simpler for you to know which account you’re Tweeting from.
Switching accounts today is doable but not obvious. This makes it clearer and puts your avatar, name, handle, and privacy status all in one visible place. pic.twitter.com/GjatDtMG0q
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.
Discover me (or not)
Right now, you can control how others find you using your phone or email. This concept lets you:
1️⃣ Get notified if accounts search for your username 2️⃣ Choose if you want to be found that way 3️⃣ Set a time limit for it
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.
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.
It’s more difficult to determine whether two tweets are talking about similar things. Looking for common hashtags might suffice, but unfortunately many people do not use hashtags or use different hashtags when talking about the same thing. To overcome this problem, we used state-of-the-art natural language processing technology. Algorithms developed in this field read and interpret sentences in a manner similar to the way humans do, and they are able to deal with nuance.
We used this technology to group tweets into clusters of topics. We then studied whether tweets falling inside the same cluster were also from people who were close together based on their GPS-enabled tweets. This allowed us to determine, for example, that clusters containing art-related words and phrases tended to arise more often in New York than LA.
Health and wealth versus art and representing
Even before we looked at who tweets about what, we found tweeting across New York City to be more evenly spread, while in LA, more tweeting happens in wealthier areas, including Calabasas – home to Kim Kardashian – Palos Verdes, West Hollywood and the coastal areas.
We also found that New Yorkers referred to themselves and their city far more often than Angelenos did. On a per capita basis, New Yorkers like to talk about art, while Angelenos like to talk about healthcare and hospitality.
LA generates more tweets than New York throughout the day, despite having a smaller population, but from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. local time, the two have comparable numbers of tweets. Tweeting in New York City rises sharply from 8 p.m. to a peak at 9 p.m., whereas tweeting in LA rises steadily from 2 p.m. to a peak at 7 p.m.
Computational social science
Our methods are a case study in the growing field of computational social science, which aims to find insights in unique, often large, data sets using artificial intelligence models and algorithms. In contrast, traditional social science tends to rely on surveys and polls to quantify public perception about an issue. Though surveys have some distinct statistical advantages, they can be expensive and time-consuming to use for collecting quality data with good response rates.
Zooming into our data, we uncovered some fascinating trends that we hope future research will explore. We found, for example, that on a per capita basis, as crime increases, so do tweets, at least at the level of ZIP codes. Why do high-crime areas tweet more? We don’t know yet, but the trend is consistent across both New York City and LA.
Tweeting, place and COVID-19
Studying tweeting behavior by location could also be useful for understanding disparate outcomes of large-scale events. For example, our twitter analysis could help shed light on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected people in different places.
New York City was hit hard by COVID-19 early on, showing that even major cities were affected in different ways by this terrible pandemic. New reporting is now showing that even within cities, socioeconomically disadvantaged communities were disproportionately burdened.
Recently, we released a Twitter data set covering 10 of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States to further study such disparities using computational social science. We are already using our methods across all of these cities to better understand how COVID-19 has affected certain groups, and the levels of expressed vaccine hesitancy among these groups.
Eventually, we hope to use our methods with a large set of international metropolises to study urban behavior.
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.
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).
Heads up Saucers, this one’s a doozy!
Just intercepted an IO call that Alien ground troops have begun mobilizing west.
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.
تنبيه للجميع، هذا أمر خارق للطبيعة!
قمت باعتراض مكالمة فضائية والتي تؤكد أن قوات الفضائيين البرية قد بدأت في الاحتشاد غربًا.
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.
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.
pls stop posting screenshots of Tweets on IG Stories. you can now share Tweets directly on iOS.
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.
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.
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 awise-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.
A popular free tool is TweetDelete, which I’ve been using for a while now. It’s very simple to set up:
Click “Login with Twitter” and enter your Twitter username and password.
Click “Authorize app” (the permissions list is the same as on TweetDelete).
While you wait for Semiphemeral to download a history of your tweets, you can go to the Settings page and choose what you’d like the app to automatically delete.
Go back to the Dashboard and click “Start Semiphemeral.”
You can also delete DMs, by giving the app access to them on the Settings page under “Direct messages.”
If you wanna splash some cash on a more premium app, you can check out one of the paid services like TweetDeleter. But the freebies do a good job of automatically covering the shameful tracks of your Twitter past.
Of course, your tweets could have already been archived or screengrabbed by your nemesis. But at least these tools make the job of exposing you a little bit more work.
Twitter is preparing to launch paid tweets, with a new Super Follow system which will work a little like Patreon or OnlyFans. Announced during the company’s investors presentation, Super Follow will offer a new way for those with followings on Twitter to monetize that audience, with everything from exclusive content to special badging.
Twitter has long talked about – and, according to rumors and leaks, been working on internally – a way to squeeze more profit out of its service than through advertising alone. One of the most common expectations has been a monthly or annual subscription, which would remove ads from users’ timelines, among other potential perks.
This Twitter Super Follow system, however, takes a different approach. In effect, it would allow users of the service to individually monetize their own shared content, much in the way that services like Patreon and OnlyFans do today. Exactly what could be offered seems to be down to the individual user’s preferences.
In an example shared by Twitter, for instance, that could be anything from a badge showing that you’re a supporter of a certain tweeter, or subscriber-only newsletters. It might include exclusive content that wouldn’t be available to non-Super Followers, or deals & discounts for certain products and services.
Individual tweets shared with Super Followers would only support viewing and replying by those subscribers, according to screenshots posted by The Verge.
Finally, there’s also “Community access,” a reference to another new feature that was revealed today. Twitter Communities are effectively closed groups, built around individual topics: that could be gardening, exercise, or even hashtags such as #SocialJustice, Twitter suggested. Communities could seemingly be open to any Twitter user wanting to join, or closed and require invitation – potentially after signing up as a Super Follower first – to take part.
Twitter is presumably envisaging following the strategy of other sites, and taking a cut of Super Follow fees. Exactly how much it’ll cost will seemingly depending on the individual creator: Twitter’s example is $4.99 per month with the ability to cancel at any time. However it’s likely that users would be able to set their own amount based on what they believe their community will pay.
There’s no indication as to when the new features will launch.
CD Projekt Red is a video game developer that’s behind one of the most infamous video games of 2020, Cyberpunk 2077. That game was very highly anticipated but launched with such massive problems that it turned into a liability for its developer and angered gamers worldwide who had waited years to play the game. The company announced not long ago that hackers had accessed its servers and stolen game data that was leaked online.
As you might expect, there have been several users who are linking to that stolen data via Twitter and other social networks. CD Projekt Red has reportedly been using DMCA takedown requests to eliminate tweets that link to that stolen data. Reports indicate that last Thursday, at least two Twitter users were notified of DMCA takedown requests via email from a copyright monitoring firm.
Reports indicate that the emails listed descriptions of the infringement that included linking to illegally obtain source code of Gwent: The Witcher Card Game that reposted without authorization and wasn’t intended to be released publicly. One person whose tweet linking to the material was taken down said that the link led to a torrent to allow others to download the source code.
The DMCA takedown notice targeted at least three other Twitter users. They had tweets replaced by a standard Twitter message noting the content had been removed in response to a report from the copyright holder. CD Projekt Red announced that it had been hacked last week and posted a screenshot of the ransom request demanded by the hackers.
The game developer has refused to cooperate with the hackers and has paid no ransom. The hackers are reportedly trying to sell other data they obtained during their attack.