Twitter no longer forces you on its “For You” timeline

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Twitter’s next update should make it less compelling to use the “For You” algorithmic timeline, according to a tweet from Elon Musk. He says the app “doesn’t switch you back to recommended tweets anymore,” and remembers whether you left it on the reverse chronological “Up Next” timeline or a pinned list.

Musk’s promises should be taken with a grain of salt, but I hope the company delivers on them. Until last month, Twitter had a button that let you set a preference on which version of the timeline you wanted to use. That option disappeared when the company rolled out a UI that lets you swipe between the two timelines, with the app opening to the algorithmic one by default.

Musk also says users are given the option to rank the top bar at any given time, create a custom order for the “For You” and “Following” tabs, as well as any pinned lists you have.

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