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How to View Facebook and Twitter in Chronological Order

Worried that you’re missing posts because the algorithm doesn’t think it’s trendy enough? Check this box to see everything in order.

Do you long for a simpler time when your social media feeds just showed you posts in the order that they happened? None of this algorithmic guessing about what’s trending or what you’ll find the most interesting—just give it to me in chronological order! If this is how you want to see your Facebook and Twitter feeds, there’s a way to do it. I’ll show you how.

View Facebook Feed in Chronological Order

By default, Facebook shows you the “Top Posts.” If you’d rather see everything in chronological order and decide for yourself what’s interesting, just click the little dots next to News Feed and choose Most Recent.

To change it back, click those dots and choose Top Stories.

View Twitter Feed in Chronological Order

Likewise, Twitter shows you “Top Posts” first. To view things in chronological order on Twitter, click your profile pic then choose  Settings and privacy.

Go down to the Content section and uncheck Show me the best Tweets first. Then click Save changes.

You did it! But why?

So, that’s the “how” of sorting your Facebook and Twitter in chronological order. But should you do this?

Honestly, I’ve known about this option for a while. But I don’t use it. I let Facebook and Twitter show me “top” content first. That’s because I really only look at Facebook or Twitter a few times a day. In those intervening hours, my social networks churn out a lot of content. Most of it is of little to no interest to me. So, I’m happy for Facebook or Twitter to just show me the highlights.

Now, if you are compulsively checking your Facebook or Twitter feeds every second, then yes, maybe chronological order is right for you.

Give it a shot. See how you like the unfiltered version of Facebook and Twitter. If you go chronological and then switch back, come back here and tell me about it.

Did you know that Facebook and Twitter don’t show you posts in chronological order? Do you wish they would? Tell me or why not in the comments.


6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Sonjia Starnes  

    I just changed my Facebook to chronological order, because I didn’t see several birthday greeting that were sent to me until the day after they were sent.

  2. Tim  

    The problem with Facebook is that they will switch you back to Top Posts frequently. I am constantly having to change to most recent.

  3. DebbyS  

    I’d rather read Tweets in order sent, top down/forward: I’d like to log on then find at the top the one I might have seen last when I last/most recently visited. It would help, I guess, if I didn’t follow quite so many fascinating people, or if I could have two or three feeds (me-politics, me-fun, me-animals, etc). I don’t read books backwards, why does twitter think I want to read the most recent first then go backwards from there?

  4. Laura  

    It’s only a couple of weeks since you wrote this, but the fix to see tweets in order won’t take for me. I’ve tried several times to save changes while ‘show the best tweets’ is UNticked, and I do know my password and give it. But when I go back to the feed for tweets they’re all out of order. This on the website on a Mac.

  5. I realized I wasn’t seeing part of the drop-down menu because I had the screen zoom level too high (I have to actually be able to read the screen, so I have up to 175% or 200%). I did as instructed ,then unchecked the checked instruction, and of course it doesn’t work. Maybe that would be too helpful… I’d like the list to start with tweets I was sent since the last time I looked, early this morning, but again we are expected to read this book backwards and authors don’t realize it’ll be a while (if ever) that we see something they wrote earlier and are referring to again. Oh, well, it’s free… As for fb, I don’t look at that often enough to worry but I hope that tip works for others.

  6. Jay Dresser  

    What I *really* want it to see everything in forward chronological order. AND I want it to remember where I left off instead of forcing me to realize I’ve read this before. I should see everything exactly once. No dups. Nothing missed.

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