Of all the many attributes of social media that might frustrate its users, a lack of chronological sorting probably takes top billing. After all, most people check social media feeds in increments, usually browsing as far back as the last post they remember seeing. In this regard, Twitter has an annoying fly in the ointment: promoted posts and Tweets liked by the other users tend to slip into the feed and break the otherwise-logical flow of events. Fortunately, one user has discovered a method of getting Twitter timelines back into chronological order by muting specific terms.
Muting suggested tweets for a chronological Twitter feed
The method of muting specific terms in order to return a Twitter feed to chronological order was posted by user EmmaKinema, who shared her method for keeping suggested and recycled tweets out of her feed.
Uh. Muting suggest_recycled_tweet_inline and suggest_activity_tweet actually has fixed my timeline. It's all chronological and there are barely any "x and y liked" tweets. pic.twitter.com/Dva6LPQyLF— Emma ⭐ (@EmmaKinema) September 16, 2018
Here's a full breakdown of the procedure:
- From the Twitter home page, click on the user icon in the upper-left corner, then click Settings and privacy.
- From the account page, look to the left pane and click Muted words. If the mute dialog box opens, click the button labeled Got it.
- On the Words you're muting page, click the Add button, type suggest_activity_tweet, then click Add. Optionally, users can change the duration of the mute at the bottom of the dialog box.
- Repeat the process with suggest_recycled_tweet_inline if desired.
By following this method, Twitter users should find that all suggested and recycled tweets will be hidden by default. According to reports from other users, this effectively brings Twitter back to a standard chronological sorting. However, there is downside keep in mind, and it's more than slightly ironic:
The irony of this solid tip is that I found it through an "x and y liked this tweet" suggestion on my timeline— alisha (@alishabeeee) September 17, 2018
Social media being what it is, most people are able to find noteworthy content based on posts liked by people and accounts they follow. Muting the above terms could allow for a better-sorted feed, but it could also prevent other helpful or entertaining content from showing up. As with other similar fixes, user discretion is advised. Luckily, muted terms can always be unmuted via the Muted word page found in the settings menu.