Twitter rolled out a sweeping change to its app on Thursday, reworking the "reply" feature to hide usernames from the body of tweets. The update means that usernames will no longer be included in the 140-character limit and marks the latest change in the company's quest to distance itself from its character requirements.
Many Twitter users aren't happy about the new changes, citing the potential for complicated threads and a stream of unwanted replies. Others also pointed out that the company still hasn't gone far enough to combat harassment on the platform.
users: make twitter cool again— jeff in real life (@thecultureofme) March 30, 2017
twitter: hey so how about we drop how replies look
u: uh no there are so many other thi--
t: no more @'s!!
In old twitter, most of the replies were bad. All the bad replies are still there but now the good replies are bad as well.— truck full of bees (@nedwards) March 30, 2017
users, since the 2000s: edit tweet feature please— notorious klance (@kiseing) March 30, 2017
2017 twitter: let's roll out this new replies system no one asked for
USERS: Please just get rid of the Nazis— 「Ellie-Marie ★」 (@WitchHats) March 30, 2017
TWITTER: So you want to "Not-See" replies right *finger guns*
[inside twitter hq]— Ed Zitron (@edzitron) March 30, 2017
ENGINEER: I’ve got an idea
JACK: not fixing harassment AGAIN
ENGINEER: No it makes replies real shitty
JACK: do go on
Days before dropping to 35% approval rating:— λισ (@lithmG) March 30, 2017
W Bush: 1,927
Twitter's new replies: <1