When one user replies to another, Twitter has traditionally kept the tweet recipient’s account name as part of the tweet. Now, the platform is taking users’ handles out of the equation in an ongoing effort to maximize tweets’ 140-character limit.
The move is still in the test phase, but if recent Twitter test phases are an indication, the platform will probably roll out the change to all users. If so, it risks angering even more long-time users.
A former Twitter designer even found the change offensive: