Happy 10th Birthday, Twitter

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This week, Twitter is celebrating 10 years of 140-character updates. That’s right; the social media network which introduced us to the concept of very short statuses was first launched back in 2006.

And despite the recent negativity surrounding its profitability, there’s no denying that Twitter has become a global phenomenon over the past 10 years; especially as it still boasts over 300m active users today.

To mark the occasion, Twitter created a short two-and-a-half-minute video showcasing some of the most powerful tweets ever tweeted over the years, which you can view here.

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The video actually stirs a lot of emotions and it’s hard to comprehend the events we’ve seen unfold since Twitter was born.

We thought that we’d use Twitter’s birthday to show you a handy tip for managing your timeline on the social network. That’s because about a month ago Twitter made an algorithmic change which altered the way tweets are displayed. Now, unless you opt out (following our instructions) some tweets in your timeline will appear not in chronological order.

Here’s how to change that:

  • Head over to Twitter.com and click your profile picture in the top right corner of the page, then select ‘Settings’ from the drop down list
  • Under the ‘Content’ section you’ll see an check box which says “Show me the best Tweets first”
  • Un-check that box and then click the blue ‘Save changes’ button

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Now all of the tweets in your timeline should be back in chronological order. Similar settings can be found in the iOS and Android versions of the app too, so be sure to change them there also.

As a final birthday gift we wanted to draw your attention to a fantastic interview published on Bloomberg yesterday with Twitter co-founder and current chief executive Jack Dorsey.

If you’re a Twitter fan it’s definitely worth a read. Check it out here: The Future of Twitter: Q&A with Jack Dorsey

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