What you need to know
- Twitter has updated its iOS app to stop it from moving away from tweets you're reading.
- Tweets should no longer disappear when you're reading them, Twitter says.
If you've ever used the official Twitter app and found that it seems to scroll through the timeline while you're trying to read a tweet, you aren't alone. But thankfully it shouldn't be happening anymore, with Twitter saying it's now fixed the problem.
According to a couple of tweets, the Twitter Support team says that an update for the "disappearing tweet experience" is now fixed in the latest iOS update.
We’ve made some updates on iOS to prevent Tweets from disappearing mid-read. Now when you pause your timeline scrolling to look at a Tweet, it should stay put!We’ve made some updates on iOS to prevent Tweets from disappearing mid-read. Now when you pause your timeline scrolling to look at a Tweet, it should stay put!— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) November 23, 2021November 23, 2021
The problem itself was an irritating one, with people watching their timeline refresh and then move while they were still trying to read a tweet. Now, Twitter says that your timeline will stay where you left it — no more chasing tweets around!
While I would still argue that the official Twitter app is far from the best iPhone app for reading tweets, bug fixes like this are most welcome. There's no doubt that the Twitter app is the place to go for features like Spaces and polls, so it needs to work the way people would expect it to. Moving tweets while you're reading them is very much not expected behavior.
Twitter is available for download from the App Store now and is a free download at that. It's received multiple updates this month alone, although the release notes leave a little to be desired.
Good to know, Twitter. Now make my timeline sync between devices and we can talk!
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.