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Twitter is bringing back an unfiltered feed

Twitter is making it easier for users to see a full time-ordered list of messages from users they follow — the way the service worked at the start for everyone.

The big picture: Several years ago, Twitter — seeking to make its service easier for new users and those accustomed to Facebook's heavily filtered Newsfeed — moved away from a simple timeline, adding "In case you missed it" and suggested tweets from accounts a user didn't already follow.

How it works: As of today, according to the company, users who turn off the "Show the best Tweets first" setting will only see tweets from accounts they follow, in reverse chronological order (newest first). The new feature Twitter says it's working on will make it easier to toggle back and forth between the filtered and unfiltered mode.

Who will care most:

  • Twitter power users (including journalists!)
  • Twitter old-timers
  • Anyone who wants to use Twitter to monitor news events in real time