If you use the official Twitter iOS app, you may have noticed something missing today: @username handles in replies. I wasn't a fan of the reworked style when it popped up on my Android device recently, and neither were many of the people affected by the change today. The one upside however, was that since @names no longer applied to the character count, some users created a massive "Twitter canoe" mentioning everyone they could. Anyway, it has now reverted back to normal for all users, and in a tweet, the company explained: "an experiment around replies accidentally went out to everyone on iOS briefly."
Twitter is removing @ replies from conversations pic.twitter.com/vuKJ9ty5gi— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) December 8, 2016
fyi when you update your twitter app you'll find that @ replies have been brutally murdered. RIP pour some out https://t.co/YP1XofVkGb— Saved You A Click (@SavedYouAClick) December 9, 2016
@mcwm @dlberes @MikeIsaac @shaneferro @TaylorLorenz @alex @jmcduling @iankar_ @davegershgorn @AlexJamesFitz @mekosoff @mat @Nicole @snackfight I love new mega canoe twitter. So excited to ruin the mentions of hundreds of people.— Roberto Baldwin (@strngwys) December 8, 2016
got mad at the twitter update but then i realized they might just be trying to confuse trump and i chilled— Desus Nice (@desusnice) December 9, 2016
Today, an experiment around replies accidentally went out to everyone on iOS briefly. Upside, we got helpful feedback - we're listening!— Twitter Support (@Support) December 9, 2016