Due to customer feedback, Twitter announced today that they are giving users more control over what tweets are displayed in their timeline by changing the functionality of the "Show the best Tweets first" setting.
When this setting is enabled, which it is by default, Twitter first show tweets in your timeline that it thinks you would find interesting in chronological order, even if you do not follow the users. After these are shown, it then displays the tweets from the users you do follow in chronological order.
If the "Show the best Tweets first" setting was disabled, your timeline will display the tweets from the users you follow first, but Twitter would still inject a "In case you missed it" section that would display tweets from people you do not follow.
Starting today, Twitter has announced in a tweet a change in the setting's behavior so that those who wish to view only their most recent tweets can do so. Now if you disable the "Show the best Tweets first". your most recent tweets will only be from people you follow. Furthermore, the "In case you missed it" section, will no longer be displayed.
2/ We’ve learned that when showing the best Tweets first, people find Twitter more relevant and useful. However, we've heard feedback from people who at times prefer to see the most recent Tweets.— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) September 17, 2018
In the future, Twitter plans on adding a new setting that allows you to easily toggle between the displaying of tweets that Twitter feels are interesting and the displaying of only users you follow.
"So, we’re working on providing you with an easily accessible way to switch between a timeline of Tweets that are most relevant for you and a timeline of the latest Tweets," stated Twitters announcement. "You’ll see us test this in the coming weeks."
If you only wish to see Tweets from the people you follow, you need to disable the "Show the best Tweets first" setting.
It is important to note that your settings on the mobile app do not synchronize with your desktop settings and vice-versa. Therefore, if you wish to completey disable this feature, you need to do it on all devices you access Twitter from.
When using the Twitter mobile app, click on your profile picture and then tap on Settings and Privacy. When the settings screen opens, tap on Content preferences.
Under the Content preferences screen is a "Show the best Tweets first" setting that you can toggle off in iOS or uncheck in Android.
When using Twitter through a desktop browser, click on your profile picture at the top so that the menu appears. Then click on the Settings and Privacy link.
This will open a page showing your Account settings. Scroll down, and under Content, is a setting called "Show the best Tweets first".
Uncheck this setting to only see tweets from the users you follow. Then click on the Save Changes button.