Twitter is now introducing multiple timelines feature that will allow users to quickly swipe between different groups of accounts directly from their home screens. Users will be able to add up to 5 lists as alternate timelines in the mobile app itself. The company tested the feature back in June, but it’s rolling it out to everyone on iOS starting September 23rd.
The company tweeted earlier in June: “Customizable timelines that are easy to access? We’re thinking about ways to do this! One idea we had is for you to be able to swipe to your lists from home. If you’re in the test tell us what you think!”
The idea is that you’ll be able to use lists as either a filter for following a subset of your timeline — like just your co-workers — or build themed timelines around people (like just fellow fans of a particular sports team) that you don’t necessarily want to follow on your main timeline.
People have been using Twitter lists as secondary timelines for years, mostly on TweetDeck where simultaneous lists can be displayed in vertical feeds. But the new feature will put the alternate timelines front and center in the Twitter app, alongside the main timeline.
The lists used for generating these five pinned timelines will follow the regular rules of Twitter lists, you can either make them private or public. And you can also follow public lists from other Twitter users, too. Users can also remove themselves from lists that other people have added them to by blocking that user.