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Where have all the @replies gone?

I’ve been fond of using Twitter not only as a means to shout out the latest happenings in my life, and not only to converse with online friends, but also to watch for trends and information that people may be discussing. I know I still have a lot to learn in efficiently using it to mine information, with all the different tools out there. But one basic feature that I know a lot of people appreciate is being able to listen in to conversations among friends.

For instance, one friend can send a @reply to another friend, and I get it on my update. Perhaps I can reply with my own two cents, too. But Twitter has just (suddenly?) changed the system, such that you can only listen in to @replies if both sender and intended recipient are in your follow list.

Twitter’s blog says:

We’ve updated the Notices section of Settings to better reflect how folks are using Twitter regarding replies. Based on usage patterns and feedback, we’ve learned most people want to see when someone they follow replies to another person they follow—it’s a good way to stay in the loop. However, receiving one-sided fragments via replies sent to folks you don’t follow in your timeline is undesirable. Today’s update removes this undesirable and confusing option.

I personally use a very effective filtering system to weed out messages I deem not so useful. This filtering system I use is my own brain! So I tend to agree with TechCrunch here that users should be given the choice to follow all @replies by friends, including those that are one-sided. The issue here is that Twitter has removed the option altogether, and has reverted everyone back to only being able to see @replies where both sender and intended recipient are on your followed list.

I do hope twitter does follow through on its promise to introduce “better ways to discover and follow interesting accounts as [they] release more features.”

Author: J Angelo Racoma

5 thoughts on “Where have all the @replies gone?

  1. For instance, one friend can send a @reply to another friend, and I get it on my update. Perhaps I can reply with my own two cents, too. But Twitter has just (suddenly?) changed the system, such that you can only listen in to @replies if both sender and intended recipient are in your follow list.
    ???

  2. I know when I signed up there was the option to see your followers @replies. I am not even sure when they disabled that.

    I use TweetDeck and could always filter unwanted text. Heck, if I really didn’t like what people I had to say then I just unfollowed them.

    I have been using the work a round all morning and people are seeing my replies to people. It just takes a little creativity.

    Maybe the Twitter boys have something even better in the works. 😉

  3. I guess Twitter staff must have meat FaceBook’s! Now, Twitter too started posing such decisions on users! Getting @ replies from people who do not follow is sometime very helpful! Just 2 days ago, I notified owner of my favorite forum about thier hosting account suspension and they fixed it quickly. The owner wasn’t following me but the tWeet was useful!

    I agree with you, Twitter should bring back old system!

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