Twitter, which recently made it so that you would automatically see anyone who @replied to you regardless of where they put your name in a message, changed things dramatically in the opposite direction. Now you probably won’t see some messages from people you follow if they are @replies to people you do not follow. That’s got many folks upset.
It’s confusing to explain. In fact, I’ve revised this post because I misunderstood the change myself, at first. In summary:
- If anyone replies to you, you’ll still see that
- If someone you follow replies to someone else, you’ll see that tweet if you also follow the person they’re replying to
- If someone you follow replies to someone you don’t know, you’ll probably NOT see that tweet
I understand part of the concern, that Twitter doesn’t want people feeling like they’re only seeing a part of a conversation in their stream. But the bigger concern is that it’s up to me to decide what I want to see, not Twitter.
If I follow someone, and they reply to someone I don’t know, that’s still interesting to me and others. So let us decide. Don’t filter on my behalf.
If Twitter really thinks this is a big problem for many of its users, these “partial conversations,” then OK. I can roll with the filtering being switched on by default. But compromise. Give back the control options we used to have, so we can see all tweets from those we follow, if we choose.
After all, we followed them for a reason.