Please make the most recent change to the @reply function an option. A big part of the core value of Twitter’s @ conversation streams was seeing half conversations between interesting people (who you knew) and interesting new people who you could get to know.
Only seeing the people I already follow talk to the people I already follow is building a walled garden around my account. That’s not why I’ve got an account at Twitter – if I want closed conversations, I’ll use the Instant messenger over at Facebook.
Please let this new “feature’ become an opt-in (or opt-out) function. You’re killing the conversational crowd here.
(A half conversation is just a friend you haven’t @ yet)
(Conversions. conservations, conversations)