What you need to know
- Twitter begins testing a new specially designed timeline feature.
- This feature, available to a “small group of people,” will see The Bachelorette used for the first time.
- Those who follow a custom timeline will see it listed at the top of their main timeline to allow web users to easily access a different timeline.
Twitter has begun testing a potential new feature of the social media platform. The company has begun testing “ad hoc schedules”.
The purpose of the new specially designed timeline feature is to enable users to scroll through content around one specific topic. Content by Twitter Help Center (Opens in a new tab), “Selected and ranked based on relevance to the timeline’s topic using information such as search terms, topics, handles, and manual organization.” Accessing a custom timeline will be similar to how the lists appear on the Twitter mobile app. At the top of the timeline there will be “Home” and whatever custom timeline title is added.
Twitter users on a computer lack the ability to switch tabs that mobile users have for pinned lists. With the idea of a custom timeline proposed, Twitter is looking to bring this feature along with a more personalized timeline of content for those on PC.
according to the edge (Opens in a new tab)The schedule for the Bachelor will be the first in this exam. “The Bachelor’s 10-week schedule will be available as a ‘limited test’ on the web for a ‘small group’ of people in the US and Canada,” Twitter spokesperson Shawkel Amdo told The Verge.
Today we launched a new custom Timeline experience – just one of the many things we’re working on at TwitterDev. There’s a lot of potential for the developer community to build features like this in the future, and we’re still just beginning. Congratulations to the team pic.twitter.com/sFToIN7a2s11 July 2022
Twitter already provides ‘lists’ to its users which seem very close to the new suggested and tailored timelines. Twitter developer Amir Shivat provided more details about this new experience, adding “more flexibility in terms of what’s shown and what’s not.”
Lists on Twitter are created by individual users and contain tweets from accounts on a specific topic. The creator of these 3rd party custom timelines will have the ability to customize the timeline so that only people who follow it will see what is related to that specific topic. Since the suggested custom timelines are more specific about a topic, they seem to reduce a person spending time throwing around Twitter accounts that deal with a particular topic.