Twitter Starts to Show Important Tweets Posted While You Were Away

A peculiar feature of Twitter is that tweets of all the people you follow are displayed in chronological order, with no automatic filter as the Facebook. The problem with this is that if you stay away for a few hours, you may miss something that might interest you. So, Twitter began to release a feature called “While you’ve been missing.”

The feature works exactly the way you might think: it shows the most important tweets posted while you were not using the Twitter application. It is not clear how these tweets are selected, but it is likely that the social network consider the number of favorites and retweets to determine the level of relevance – more or less as they already do in the summary that send daily by email.

Just scroll down the screen to return to see the tweets in chronological order, so the change is not as drastic as the Facebook, which simply does not allow display all posts from your friends without footlights. But this is an important change: until now, Twitter had not released any great resource that broke the chronological rhythm of tweets.

For now, the novelty seems to be restricted to a group of users from the United States, but the appeal had already been revealed in November, when Twitter announced a series of changes, including custom timelines and native support for videos. At the time, they said they would increase the pace of changes and product improvements over the coming months. We’ll see.