Starting today you will no longer be able to see when someone you follow on Twitter @replies to someone you aren’t following. For instance if you are following me and I tweet to @MayhemStudios but you aren’t following him you will not see it.
This is what Biz Stone had to say on the Twitter blog.
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… Confused? That’s understandable and exactly why we made the update.
I’ve been a fan of Biz for a while now but that last sentence in particular doesn’t sit right with me. It comes off condescending and Mark Zuckerbergesque. I am perfectly capabable of understanding what he is talking about, how about you?
It used to be that you had the option to choose in your Twitter settings whether or not you wanted to see someone you are following’s @replies to someone you aren’t following. Why take away this option? Are Twitter users really so stupid that we can’t handle this decision? Biz seems to think so. And as for seeing “one-sided fragments via replies sent to folks you don’t follow” being undesirable, I beg to differ and so do many others. My gut instinct tells me that, presented with the choice, more users would elect to see these “one-sided tweets” than would not. I for one WANT to see when @THE_REAL_SHAQ says something hilario