Twitter’s making some changes which could alleviate complaints from many users.
The company has yet to officially make any announcement but a letter sent to shareholders certainly indicates some alterations in the works. The major thing mentioned is the @username issue many users cite when involved in an ongoing conversation on Twitter.
Currently, as more users begin to get involved in a conversation they’ll often include other users’ handle – @username – to ensure they, too see the post. While this is an inclusive tool it also limits what can be said in a tweet because the characters are included in the mandatory 140-character count.
The more people involved in the discussion means the shorter the actual messages get.
But, as Tech Crunch reported, it looks like Twitter may be about to change how those @usernames are counted. In fact, it looks like they’re not going to be counted at all.
“We are going to fix the broken windows and confusing parts, like the @name syntax and @reply rules that we know inhibit usage and drive people away,” the letter states.
Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, addressed this very matter during a conference call Wednesday. During his talk, Dorsey said the company recognizes it has “weird rules” around the issue and will be doing what it can to address the problem.
That’s as official as it has got, so far, in terms of any public statement, but it looks like Twitter has heard – and will listen – to users’ complaints. When, exactly, any changes can be expected is not known yet.
W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.