Twitter has randomly selected a portion of users on their platform to test out a new update that removes the original “@ reply” system, and these users are not happy about it.
The new system hides the @ sign followed by the username of a person you’re replying to and replaces it with a small “replying to” caption.
“When I try to respond to a tweet, I have no idea to whom I’m responding,” said one user in a Medium post, also claiming that the update would somehow make people more susceptible to harassment.
“I am in a test for Twitter’s new @ reply design and it is a mess,” declared the Editor-in-Chief of TechCrunch, Matthew Panzarino.
I am in a test for Twitter's new @ reply design and it is a mess. https://t.co/dhpVAeBptW
— Matthew Panzarino (@panzer) October 28, 2016
I swear if twitter doesn't show the @ in the replies more I'll only quote tweets and never reply
— ❇ (@sweetenerkook) October 31, 2016
Twitter’s users invented the @ – username reply. Embracing it felt like acknowledging the user’s input. Shunning it seems … user hostile.
— Sam Sharma (@s3rioussam) October 30, 2016
Gawd, Twitter, do you have a suicidal urge? Your new @reply crap is awful! Awful!
— Jeff Jarvis (@jeffjarvis) November 1, 2016
“Yeah this Twitter update I have is awful. Can’t tell what’s a reply and what isn’t,” declared YouTuber GoldyGloveTV.
Yeah this Twitter update I have is awful. Can't tell what's a reply and what isn't. 💩
— Goldy (@GoldGloveTV) October 28, 2016
This week, Twitter removed a new word-muting feature, after accidentally releasing it too early to the public. The feature, which was seemingly inspired by Twitter alternative Gab who currently boast a word-muting option, shows that Twitter is preparing to release an update containing even more features for the platform soon.
In February, the hashtag #RIPTwitter trended worldwide after rumors circulated that the platform were preparing to change their timeline to a new, unpopular, Facebook-style alternative.
“Hello Twitter! Regarding #RIPTwitter: I want you all to know we’re always listening. We never planned to reorder timelines next week,” announced Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey after the protest. However the platform introduced a new timeline just four days later.
Several unnecessary and unpopular features have since been added to Twitter in an attempt to mirror competitors such as Facebook and Gab.