Twitter flips order of some tweets, users flip out: CNET Update
CNET Update: Twitter flips order of some tweets, users flip out2:20 /
Changes to Twitter's timeline could make the social network more appetizing to some -- and confusing to others. Meanwhile, LG teases an "always-on" screen for the G5 phone.
Twitter is flipping the order of tweets and people are flipping out. I'm Bridget Carey this is your CNET update. [MUSIC] Twitter has tinkered with the timeline, pulling the past into the present. Allow me to explain. You see, one of the main reasons people love checking Twitter, is because you see a real time, chronically ordered feed of what people are saying, so you can keep up with what's trending this second. But, if you follow hundreds of accounts, you're gonna miss tweets posted when you were not logged on. And Twitter is now addressing this by showing you older tweets it thinks you care about right on top of your current feed. This is a new feature, and reports say about a dozen of these older tweets will be on top of the real-time screen, with the oldest showing first. It's as if Twitter spread a layer of Facebook flavored frosting on top of your tweet cake, hoping to make it more appetizing to you users. It's rolling out now. Now, I don't have it yet, but you'll find it as an option in settings and eventually it may be the default for everyone. It's similar in concept to the while you were away feature, where Twitter shows a handful of posts, maybe people you interact with and that's since you were last logged in But it's just more of that, although it may not be labeled clearly. You'll have to pay close attention to the time stamp in the corner or you could get confused. Hitting Refresh sweeps away all the old and it only shows the new. Personally, I have my own methods to sort through the noise. I use tweet deck and I separate people into lists for different topics, so the ones that matter most to me don't get missed. You can also never miss a tweet when you have a phone screen that never goes to sleep. LG electronics put out a tease that its next big phone, the G5 Five will have it always on screen. That would mean you don't need to press any button to check notifications or the time, it could just appear there always. As if we didn't already have an addiction to checking. Somehow this is supposed Supposed to keep you even more connected. Sounds a little gimmicky but we'll learn more later this month when the phone is unveiled on February 21st. Which just so happens to be the same day Samsung is showcasing its next big phone, the Galaxy S7. That's it for this tech news update and there's always more at cnet.com. From our studios in New York I'm Bridget Carey. [MUSIC]