Twitter accidentally removes @ handles in replies

Twitter accidentally removes @ handles in replies
After accidentally suspending its CEO's account, Twitter just had another mishap. It appears that a developer build somehow made its way to the iOS App Store, which removed @username handles in replies.

People would respond to tweets only to find out that the name of the person they're responding to appears above the reply, instead of inside the tweet itself. @ handles are an essential part of the Twitter ecosystem and users are used to them, so most people weren't happy about this change.


What's even worse, in our modest opinion, is that @username handles in tweets no longer counted towards the character limit. So, if you wanted to mention 50 people in one tweet, you were free to do so without sacrificing a single character. Imagine how that went for some users.

In the end, Twitter reverted everything back to normal, and let the general public know that “an experiment around replies accidentally went out to everyone on iOS briefly”. How did the company manage to accidentally submit an app update for review in the App Store, then get it approved and accidentally roll it out is beyond us, though.


The way we see it, it could have been a planned update by Twitter, to test the waters. After all, that specific feature was in beta tests for Android some time ago. And when it went south, the company came up with the accidental release version. However, these are just speculations on our side.

Twitter accidentally removes @ handles in replies
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2 Comments

1. Ren_Gonzalez

Posts: 59; Member since: Nov 29, 2016

YOU SCREWED IT UP @twitter!

2. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

I prefer Twitter than Facebook.

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