Twitter has a frustrating problem: tweets disappear when the timeline auto-refreshes. Well, it’s not a bug or something but that’s how auto-refresh works on the platform. Whenever someone replies to a tweet or the tweet author threads it, the timeline refreshes and the tweet moves up the timeline. This is to ensure that you don’t see the same tweet multiple times on your Twitter timeline.
However, this also means you could be mid-way through reading a tweet when the timeline refreshes and the tweet disappears suddenly. The more users are engaged in a tweet, the more chances of this happening.
Twitter knows that this is not ideal and could be a “frustrating experience” to users. There have been numerous complaints regarding this issue. It is now looking to finally address this longstanding complaint. The company hasn’t provided many details on how this would work but said it will roll out updates to the app in the coming months that will keep your timeline fresh without the tweets disappearing from the view.
“Let’s talk about Tweets disappearing from view mid-read when the timeline seems to auto-refresh. We know it’s a frustrating experience, so we’re working on changing it. Over the next two months, we’ll be rolling out updates to the way we show you Tweets so they don’t disappear,” Twitter Support said in a recent tweet. “Our changes will keep your TL [timeline] fresh and keep Tweets from disappearing mid-read.”
Replying to a user urging the platform to add an option to disable auto-refresh, Twitter said that’s what it’s fixing with these updates. “We want you to be able to stop and read a Tweet without it disappearing from view.”
Twitter will prevent tweets from disappearing when your timeline auto-refreshes
Twitter is rapidly adding new features as it tries to evolve into a modern-day all-in-one social media powerhouse. It is copying several features from its rivals such as Facebook, TikTok, and others. In the meantime, the company is also re-imagining how things work on the platform to provide the best possible experience to the users.
Keeping the timeline fresh without the tweets disappearing mid-read will be a handy addition to Twitter. We will likely get to hear more about this upcoming change in the coming months as the company prepares for the rollout. Meanwhile, if you frequently encounter this problem on Twitter, you’ll have to put up with it for a few more months. We will let you know as and when we have more information.