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Twitter Turns 8; May Drop Hashtags and @replies 96

Twitter has only just turned eight years old, but in that time it's become so pervasive that some of its conventions have spread beyond Twitter itself, and its character limit seems almost like a natural law. Now, Buzzfeed reports that some Twitter-isms may be about to change: based on screenshots of interfaces in alpha testing, it seems that hashtags and "at" replies may be on the chopping block, or (based on some updates made to the story) at least made less visible for some readers.
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Twitter Turns 8; May Drop Hashtags and @replies

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Marvelous! The super-user's going to boot me! What a finely tuned response to the situation!