In order to reduce clutter, Twitter changed their @replies behavior such that if you are following X and X @replies to Y, you will not see that reply unless you too are following Y. Thus, you are spared from lots of personal interaction between people; one of which you are not interested in. Some rued this change in behavior because you could no longer discover random interesting people you could follow. But if you see the way some people use Twitter virtually like a chat session, you’ll be glad to be spared of all that chatter.
But here’s where things get confusing. You see RTs (re-tweets) from people you are following all the time and they don’t always RT from the people you are following too. Most of the RTs I read are tweeted originally by someone I don’t follow. So does putting RT in front of the @ symbol nullify the default behavior for replies? Similarly #FollowFriday meme is quite popular in which people basically recommend 5 or more people to follow by putting an @reply to them preceded by the #FollowFriday hash tag. So does Twitter also nullify the default behavior when such hash tags are used? Finally, would I get the @reply (to someone I don’t follow) if the person uses it in middle or end of the tweet as opposed to the beginning, like the default syntax for a reply is?
I understand Twitter’s logic in excluding @replies to people I don’t follow and trust me, it has saved me oodles of time. But at the same time, I would prefer an option to push certain @replies to all my followers even when they aren’t following that person…without RT-ing. But then, plenty of people would end up doing that rendering Twitter’s change useless.
If any of this made sense, let me know if you can clear the fog or just answer the following:
How do you use Twitter?
- A little bit of all three (55%, 16 Votes)
- Just read tweets (28%, 8 Votes)
- Mostly personal observations (7%, 2 Votes)
- Mostly link sharing (7%, 2 Votes)
- Mostly Re-Tweets (3%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 29