Twitter reverses controversial settings change

Twitter has backtracked on a change to its settings that caused controversy among users of the social networking site.

Twitter has backtracked on a change to its settings that caused controversy among users of the social networking site.

Yesterday the company tweaked its settings so users could not see the @ replies of people they follow if they were speaking to people they don't follow.

The move was unpopular, with users saying they used the feature to find new people they are interested in, and that one of the things they liked about Twitter was the large amount of "noise" it generates.

In a blog today, Twitter said it had "learned a lot" from the huge number of tweets the change generated yesterday, as users debated and complained about it.

The company said, "This morning we received lots of great info about the replies setting we changed yesterday. Folks loved this feature because it allowed them to discover new people and participate serendipitously in various conversations."

The problem with the feature, it said, was that it "didn't scale" and was "blunt".

The company has said it will change the setting so that any updates beginning with @username - that are not explicitly created by clicking on the reply icon - will be seen by everyone following that account.

Twitter also said it is working on a tool that will give users more control over what they see.

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