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Is there someone on Twitter you really like? Why not add them to your favorites then? There's a new feed in the Twitter beta, which appeared in the alpha just a few days ago. Just to the right of the main timeline is a new column with just the tweets from your faves.

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The ability to filter accounts is not new, but the dedicated Fave People feed is. This is essentially a more straightforward version of lists. You just mark people as favorites, and they show up in the Fave People timeline. Though, it's odd they're calling it Fave People. What if you have some favorite companies or organizations?

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Having the new feed right next to the main timeline gives Fave People a prominent position – Twitter really wants you to use it. Judging by how fast this moved from the alpha to beta channel, it could be in the stable release before you know it. You might want to start thinking about who your favorite people are now.

Note: You must be in the beta or alpha release to see the new feed.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • evcon

    I'm already over hating that feature, what's really annoying me about the alpha now is that they're hiding @names in replies.

    • Gregor Smith

      Update, the old @ style is back

  • nawa

    So basically Twitter invented a Twitter List.

    • miri

      Except this isn't incredibly inconvenient.

      • nawa

        Then, I guess, Twitter should have made accessing and managing lists easier, instead of duplicating functionality.

  • JeffP

    I've put people on lists but never actually read the list streams, so maybe this will be a good way to filter the people that I want to follow but don't want flooding my main feed. I.e. the "Fave People" timeline will be my new main

  • eddit13

    I hate Twitter so much. They create something really useful in the lists and then they step all over it in the official apps and now trying to get rid of them by replacing it with favorites. I wonder why? Maybe to throw more sponsored tweets in your TL? SMH

  • Muhammad Najmi Mohd Amir

    In my opinion , this works well for me. It easier for me to view my friends and news tweets. This is because I've follow 500 people and its hard for me to view my preferred tweets.

  • Matt

    Does anybody else find this remarkably similar to Falcon Pro's "Starred Users", especially given the ability to be notified when they tweet something new (which you can set on an individual basis in FP)? I'm sure they weren't the first to do it, but this is about 18 months late to the party.

  • Esteban Méndez ⚡

    Any Link to be in the Beta?

  • Larry Simpson

    All I want back is the mentions column. That's it. Twitter is slowly going to ruin twitter.

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    Finally this might finally push e towards actually using Twitter. I'm "following" so many people that I really don't want / need to that my Twitter homepage is pure junk.

  • Bojan Tomic

    Just bring notifications down to tabs. -.-
    Who even uses Discover and Activity?

  • AnthonyRyan89

    i've tried to get into the beta when it first came out but it was closed. How can i get the APK for this now or into the beta now ?

  • http://www.geordienorman.com/ George Byers

    Ugh, I wish twitter would stop adding crap like this. All I want is a simple stream of content, why clutter it up! Thank God for 3rd party twitter clients!

  • black

    Related: Turkey blocks Twitter after PM threatens to wipe it out.

  • CeluGeek

    This was ALMOST a good idea, until they included receiving notifications. Twitter is notorious for putting you in the middle of third-party conversations. Get ready to receive notifications every time one of your Favorites @-replies to someone else you are following, whether that someone else is also in your Favorites or not and whether their conversation has anything to do with you or not. If notifications could be restricted only to tweets a user intended for all of his/her followers or for me (through @-replies or DMs), that'd be great but sadly that's not how Twitter works.

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