Twitter is planning to change how users move between algorithmic timelines and chronological feeds, making the former default for users.
The star button at the top right has been replaced with “For You” and the other “Following” tab.
For You shares the same name as TikTok’s algorithmically-driven feed, resonating with the old ‘Home’ feed which displays tweets from people users follow out of order, along with tweets that users may like.
The ‘Following’ tab opens up a timeline of the latest tweets. The new integrational change has made the transition between the two timelines easy for users.
The “For you” and “Following” tabs replace “Home” and “Latest” and will be pinned to the top of your timeline so you can easily switch between them. Swipe to switch timelines instead of tapping the ✨ icon.
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) January 11, 2023
The change fulfills Twitter CEO Elon Musk’s tweet on December 20 where he said that the “Main timeline should allow for an easy sideways swipe between top, latest, trending and topics that you follow,” and his company would be making changes to address it.
The platform has yet to release a feature that lets users swipe to trending and followed topics yet.
This won’t be the first time Twitter follows a TikTok trend, as just this past year the company introduced an endless scroll of videos feed in the Explore tab.