Twitter's algorithmic timeline is here to stay, here's how to turn it off

twitter explore roll out man holding iphone 6 with on the screen
prykhodov/123RF
A few weeks ago the Internet was in outrage mode over Twitter’s changes to how items are ranked in the timeline. Love it or hate it, the algorithmic timeline is here to stay, and even sharing #RIPTwitter tweets isn’t going to change that.

But, seriously, don’t freak out: If you’re one of those people that is upset over the fact that the new algorithmic timeline will be enabled by default, you should know that you can change it back.

The new timeline began rolling out earlier this week, and it first appeared as an option back in February, but you had to opt-in to use it. Although it’s now on by default, you can change your timeline back to how it was in the good old days, simply be heading to Settings and unchecking the “show me the best tweets first” box. Or, if you don’t want to switch it off permanently, simply refreshing the browser should make it appear chronologically.

The algorithmic timeline gives priority to tweets from accounts that you interact with on a regular basis, rather than simply ranking them by what’s most recent. This is great for those who use Twitter as a way to find interesting things, but perhaps not so much for users looking for the latest and breaking news on the social media network.

The change is an interesting decision for Twitter, and brings the social network closer in line with how Facebook does things. Instagram made a similar announcement recently, and will be following Twitter’s lead in how it ranks posts. It’s not yet known, however, if you’ll be able to opt-out from Instagram’s change.

News

Facebook is going to add its name to Instagram and WhatsApp

Facebook plans to add its name to both Instagram and WhatsApp as politicians call for the social media giant to be broken apart and the FTC investigates Facebook’s acquisition of both companies.
Gaming

PS5: Here’s everything we know about the PlayStation 5 so far

PlayStation 5 rumors have circulated for over a year, but there's still plenty we don't know. Here's everything you need to know about the PS5, including rumors about its release, specs, and games.
Mobile

What is 5G? Here’s everything you need to know

It has been years in the making, but 5G is finally becoming a reality. While 5G coverage is still extremely limited, expect to see it expand in 2019. Not sure what 5G even is? Here's everything you need to know.
Mobile

Apple Card is finally available. Here’s everything you need to know about it

Apple is getting into the credit card business. Apple Card is a credit card you can sign up for directly on your iPhone, and it doesn't have fees. There's a lower interest rate and you can even get Daily Cash from all purchases.
Home Theater

What is YouTube TV? Here’s everything you need to know

YouTube TV is becoming an increasingly major competitor to other streaming services. Not sure if the service might be right for you? Don’t worry, we have a guide detailing everything you could want to know about the service.
Web

These are the 10 most disliked videos on YouTube

Ever wondered which videos are the most disliked videos on YouTube? Well, we have the top ten list you’re looking for. Here are the latest videos with the most dislikes currently on YouTube.
News

WhatsApp has 400 million users in India, but no fix for its fake news problem

WhatsApp is struggling to stem the tide of fake news in India, its biggest market. In the last few years, its platform has been inundated with an around-the-clock avalanche of misinformation -- misleading mobs into lynching innocents and…
Mobile

Telegram’s new Slow Mode aims to bring order to noisy group chats

Messaging app Telegram has just released some new features that are bound to please. Slow Mode aims to bring some order to group chats, while Silent Messages ensures you won’t wake your buddy if you get in touch late in the day.
Social Media

The EU could hit Facebook with billions in fines over privacy violations

The European Union is reportedly nearing the end of its investigations into some of the cases it has opened against Facebook pertaining to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR. The EU currently has 11 open cases against the…
Social Media

Quit hitting refresh: Twitter is testing a subscribe to tweet replies feature

Soon you might be able to get a push notification when a tweet has been replied to as well. Twitter is currently testing a new feature that will allow users to turn on notifications for a particular thread.
Computing

How to make a GIF from a YouTube video

Making a GIF from a YouTube video is easier than ever, but choosing the right tool to use isn't always so simple. In this guide, we'll teach you how to make a GIF from a YouTube video with our three favorite tools.
News

Facebook admits it was listening to your private conversations, too

Facebook outsourced contractors to listen in on your audio messenger chats and transcribe them. Contractors were not told why they were listening in or why they were transcribing them. Facebook said it is no longer transcribing audio. 
Social Media

How to add music to Instagram videos

Have you ever taken a beautiful video, only to have it ruined by some jerk in the background yelling curse words? Here's a list of apps you can use to add your own music to Instagram posts as well as your Story.
Mobile

The best dating apps for 2019

Everyone knows online dating can be stressful, time-consuming, and downright awful. Check out our top picks for the best dating apps, so you can streamline the process and find the right date, whatever you're looking for.