Site bugs and glitches are perhaps the Achilles heel of all social media sites – anything which turns a relaxing, fun browsing experience into a technical struggle against stubborn websites defeats the whole purpose of social media. For those who aren’t technically inclined, encountering any problems is usually something which instils a sense of dread and gloom, but there are a few tricks you can try to get your social media up and running again, ensuring you get maximum socialising time.

Twitter’s Timeline Isn’t Updating Properly

If you’re a regular Tweeter – or just following some important people – then your timeline not updating is a major annoyance. This is particularly true if you know you have updates, but Twitter’s timeline is happily pretending nothing is going on, and if you’re trying to follow a discussion of any sort, it’s beyond frustrating.

Twitter’s Timeline Isn’t Updating Properly

Twitter’s Timeline Isn’t Updating Properly

Things To Check


To begin troubleshooting, there are a few different things you should try to help you pinpoint where the issue lies.

  • Make sure you have a good internet connection, and if it’s poor, try again later before you spend too much time troubleshooting. You may find that there simply isn’t a good enough connection for new Tweets to come through.
  • If you’re experiencing the issue on Twitter’s app, try opening a browser and checking whether this happens there as well. If you have more than one browser installed, try on different browsers.
  • Try on a couple of different devices, and see whether your timeline updates normally on another device. Alternatively, ask a friend to check their account and see if they encounter similar issues.
  • See if refreshing the webpage (if you’re using the browser) is enough to resolve the problem. Check whether the timeline shows new updates at the point of refreshing, but then stops updating again.

Ways To Fix It

  • The first thing you should try is closing the browser or app, and then reopening it. If this works, remember to check whether it’s a temporary fix or whether it solves the issue entirely.
  • Try clearing your cache and cookies, which should ensure information isn’t getting intercepted or sending incorrectly. Also check whether any extensions are causing interference by turning them off.
  • Occasionally, changing your username or password can result in this sort of issue resolving itself, perhaps because it jogs something on Twitter’s servers. This is an odd fix, but can work.
  • If the app is where you notice the problem, consider uninstalling it and doing a clean install to make sure it’s fully up to date and hasn’t encountered a glitch.
  • If none of the above help to resolve your issue, consider contacting Twitter’s support team. Although some users suggest this issue sorted itself out (apparently randomly) after a period of time, it’s worth letting the Twitter team know something is going wrong, as they may be able to help you. If other users are experiencing the issue and it gets reported, they know the technicians need to look into a fix.

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Famoid Blog – 2018