Twitter started working on a new update in September to prevent auto-refreshing of feed in its web version, as users were often disappointed by the tweets disappearing while they would be in the middle of reading them. Twitter acknowledged the concerns regarding the problem and agreed that it was “frustrating.” Thankfully, the company has fixed the issue on Twitter for web.
The auto-refresh has now been replaced by a new option in the form of a tweet counter bar at the top of users’ timelines above existing tweets in their feed. This means that users can now manually choose to load new tweets into their timelines whenever they want.
The background: a Tweet would move up the timeline as replies were added to the ongoing convo. Since some convos can evolve quickly, this made it so you didn't see the same Tweet repeated in the TL.— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) September 22, 2021
Our changes will keep your TL fresh and keep Tweets from disappearing mid-read.
Twitter’s iOS and Android apps never had the auto-refresh option, so the web version will now function the same way as the apps do.
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Twitter updates its platform with new features regularly, which suggests that the company is quick to take its users’ feedback and concerns into consideration.