Custom timelines are the coolest new feature the Twitter team has come up with in the last couple months. Custom timelines are a new way to organize your favorite Tweets. You create a timeline, give it a name and select the Tweets you’d like to add to the timeline. That’s it.
Timelines are public web pages on Twitter.com and can also be embedded into websites. The timeline creator can add any public Tweet to a timeline. So what are people using timelines for? Below are a few examples.
Custom timelines are also playing a big part in breaking news. During the on-campus emergency at Yale University, custom timelines were used to group Tweets together to bring the latest information about a gunman on campus. This is a fantastic way to see a group of Tweets that can keep you informed and safe.
Here is an example of a custom timeline that @TwitterMusic has made of all the Tweets from music superstars that are currently trending.
So how do you make a custom timeline? It’s not as straight-forward as you may think.
Step 1. Download TweetDeck
At the time of writing this article, custom timeline creation was only available on the web version of the Twitter app TweetDeck (owned by Twitter). It seems like such a great feature should be available on Twitter.com but this is unfortunately not the case; TweetDeck is needed. With TweetDeck, you’re able to create timelines, edit them and follow other people’s timelines as columns.
Step 2. Add a Custom Timeline Column in TweetDeck
Step 3. Name & Describe Your Custom Twitter Timeline
4. Populate Your Custom Twitter Timeline with Tweets.
Removing a Tweet from a custom timeline is pretty simple, too. Just click on the “X” icon on a Tweet in the custom timeline column and it will be removed. You’re all set.
5. Share and Embed Your Custom Twitter Timeline
The Embed timeline option lets you place your custom timeline on your blog or website. The View on twitter.com option opens your web browser where your custom timeline will be displayed on a webpage. You can use this address to share it with your friends and followers. I would recommend using a URL shortening service because the web address is very long. And finally, the Tweet about timeline option will auto-generate a Tweet with TweetDeck that you can share quickly.