Has anyone noticed that Twitter replies are fundamentally broken? Or, I should say, at least the “Replies” *tab* is jacked.
This isn’t another “Twitter is down” post — this is about a feature that doesn’t work as it’s designed.
As far as I can tell, replies to me only end up in my “Replies” tab if my Twitter account name (@bucchere) is the first token in the tweet. Yet a lot of people reply to multiple people or use the “@” notation in context, e.g. “I’m playing tennis with @bucchere.”
That “reply,” although it’s clearly got my name in it, won’t end up under my replies tab. Oops.
In The Social Collective, any time an @ token is found, it stores the message as a reply. Isn’t that how Twitter should work as well?
Has anyone else noticed this? Is anyone else annoyed like I am by this obviously broken “feature?” WTF?
There is a workaround, but it’s kludgey. You can use Summize (now located at search.twitter.com) to search for @bucchere. I did this, then ingested the resulting RSS feed into Google Reader and now I go there instead of to my Replies tab in Twitter. FAIL.
[Update: This is now fixed. Yay, Twitter!]