Have you seen the hashtag #wewantoldtwitterback and wondered what was going on, well yes, so did I.
I saw this being posted out……
There is a message from Twitter uses that states that Twitter has changed it’s policy so that now you will only see mentions, retweets and favourites from people you follow – This means that celebrities will never see your tweets to them unless they follow you.
I’ve seen nothing official from Twitter on this – have you? .. However I have tested it – and it is correct. I can see it being a problem for some people.
We believe this to be a glitch though, or a bug of some sort in the iPhone application – we have had it before where your mentions weren’t appearing at all, and if you deleted the application and re installed it, mentions reappeared.
What is going on with @Mentions
People seem to think that there are new twitter rules for the iPhone app.
When you @mention someone that is using the Twitter iPhone application they will not see it in their Twitter stream or feed unless they are following you back.
If you are on a different application or the PC you will see the same message.
I just unfollowed a friend and got them to send me a message from their iPhone, with the @ I looked on the PC and there it was. However – I looked on my iPhone and there is no mention.
UPDATE: News just in … Laura B – said that its also sometimes happening on Tweetdeck on the PC and Ken Barlow ….. Yes, Ken, said its also happening on Blackberry too. Kierson said its on the Android – and Nester said on the Web. Pretty much everywhere now then. I am still hoping its just little problem at Twitter, they should be up and awake soon to sort it out.
Most of the upset seems to be from people that follow celebrities but this could affect businesses too. If you don’t follow someone back and they tweet you about your product, you might not see it, if you only have access to the iPhone app.
Fans that are follow celebrities however are outraged and as I said the hashtag has been trending for hours now – they are frantic if they now tweet their Favourite famous person there is no way the tweet will be seen if they are using the application.
People are tweeting there is a new rule on twitter (that is fake) as I said there is nothing on the Twitter blog or anywhere else stating this. It seems this has now turned into people posting pictures and wanting views and retweets.
What people are saying on twitter #WeWantOldTwitterback
You can still get notification by email but no tweets, which is okay for businesses but do you really think that celebrities are going to want 700 emails a day?
There has been a petition started – > http://twitition.com/tl8zt
There is one thing, it might make more companies and people, follow back – like those people that think they are famous and only follow back 100 people, interesting.
Lets see how this unfolds. Will keep you informed, and please let me know if you know anymore.
Its over – panic can stop now … Twitter admit that there was a bug over mentions.
UPDATE Twitter have confirmed that it was a bug and that it is now fixed.