Twitter has been undergoing numerous changes here and there thanks to the appointment of CEO Jack Dorsey to oversee the much needed change.
Recently, the service was trolled with messages bearing the hashtag #RIPTwitter after the company has started testing a feature that will see the order of tweets in the feed change from what users are used to. While the company has gone ahead and unveiled this feature and disabled it by default, there are still many other places that the platform is still wanting.
In a bid to make the platform a bit easier for new faces, the company has announced that it will be working on the rules that might be making the use of the service awkward. In a letter written out to company shareholders, Twitter says that rules such as @reply and .@name syntax will be changed very soon.
The efforts the company is making are appreciated, especially given that it has been recording a flattened growth as far as users are concerned. In the recent past, the social media company has been working hard to make things a lot easier when it comes to using Twitter, especially for new and more casual users.
“We have some very weird rules around conversations, replies and .@name format that no one really understands,” CEO Jack Dorsey said in a statement. “This is what we need to fix and we are focusing our energy on refining the core product as well as looking at what really confusing about the service.”
Twitter is very clear in its letter that it is aware the many confusing rules that surround the platform are what reduce engagement on the platform as well as drive users away. As responding to the issue about the timeline changes, Twitter was candid that they will only improve the timeline and make sure that you see the best Tweets while at the same time preserving the timeliness the service is known for.
When in a Twitter conversation with many users, the @reply handles will usually take up most of the reply space or characters, making the number of characters to use in one’s reply smaller. If the number of participants keeps growing, you will end up with no room to convey the message you want. Twitter wants to take care of this problem with the new rules’ revision.
Twitter allows a maximum of 140 characters in a single tweet. If the @names characters did not take up some of the allocated number, users will still have their full 140-character limit. But this is not the case, hence the need for this change.
Another thing the updates will help take care of is cases where one starts a tweet with another person’s @name. What this means is that the tweet will be detected as a reply to the @name handle used and hence visible to this person alone, yet it wasn’t the case. In order to make sure the message goes to everyone, users have to get used to introducing a different character in place of @, but Twitter can definitely do better than this.