Twitter Looking to Kill Off @replies and Hashtags, Says Reports

    By Prarthito

    Twitter, although one of the top social networking sites alongside the likes of Facebook, is always looking to change and evolve itself to make its users more comfortable with the feature. Now it seems like more big plans related to the site may be on the cards, with most of these plans related to the Twitter-based @replies and hashtags.

    According to reports, Twitter could be looking to get rid of the hashtags and the @replies. And this was revealed via none other than the news head at Twitter Vivian Schiller who also stated that most people on the net are not able to understand the proper use of hashtags and at-replies.

    Twitter Looking to Kill Off @replies and Hashtags, Says Reports


    Revealed first via a latest BuzzFeed report, Vivian made the new comment at the Newspaper Association of America's mediaXchange conference in Denver. She also took the opportunity to state that Twitter is thinking about removing the use of # and @ symbols from the service.

    During her talk, Schiller called at-replies and hashtags "arcane" while also hinting on a move that could soon see Twitter moving them into the background of the service.

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    However, it didn't take long for Twitter to respond to the comments made by Vivian Schiller. The response stated that Vivan had misinterpreted the words of CEO Dick Costolo and that there aren't any such intentions to change the interface of the site currently.

    According to the CEO Dick Costolo, the characteristic language of Twitter is necessary for the existing users as well as for the new ones.

    "By bringing the content of Twitter forward and pushing the scaffolding of the language of Twitter to the background, we can increase high-quality interactions and make it more likely that new or casual users will find this service as indispensable as our existing core users do," Costolo stated recently.


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    "And we took initial steps in that direction with the introduction of media forward timelines and in-line social actions in October, and we're already starting to see early signs that those initiatives are working well."

    However, more on this is expected to develop in the upcoming months.


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