There was a bit of twermoil i the #Twitterverse when Twitter decided to remove one-sided @replies in the twitter stream. What this means is you will no longer see replies made from someone you follow to someone you do not follow. You follow me and I follow you I will see your tweets, thats normal right? However, if you reply to someone I’m not following I will no no longer be able to see it. Yeah I know confusing, I too said “Say What”. Thats how we find new people especially back in the day when there were so few of us on twitter. I’ve meet some great new people this way and have expanded my personal network.
Twitter has just pissed off the PowerUsers trying to make this more palatable to the common user. Remember they have a big amount of investors skin in the game. They are just trying to respond to the stupid retention fiasco from last week. I think the report was majority flawed but thats a different story. There are many a great tool designed to handle this issue. Twitter should leave this alone and just explain to people how Tweetie, Tweettgroups and Tweetworks all fix this.
Check out #FixReplies to get a better understanding of this. Twitter @Replies FTW!
The Importance of Discovery
Spotting new folks in tweets is an interesting way to check out new profiles and find new people to follow. Despite this update, you’ll still see mentions or references linking to people you don’t follow.
For example, you’ll continue to see, “Ev meeting with @biz about work stuff” even if you don’t follow @biz. We’ll be introducing better ways to discover and follow interesting accounts as we release more features in this space.
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