Common Mistake Makes Tweets Invisible

About a year ago, Twitter changed their reply feature so that you couldn’t see conversations going on between two people- unless you were following BOTH of those people.

Confusing?

Here is how it works-

Say I am speaking to @CharlesHGreen and I say-

@CharlesHGreen I really enjoyed The Trusted Advisor, glad to finally meet you on Twitter.

ONLY the people that follow me (@adriandayton) and Charles (@CharlesHGreen) will be able to see the message because I started the message with his name.

If I want EVERYBODY to see it, there is a very simple solution:

Simply place a “.” in front of the message.  So If I want to tell Charles I enjoyed his book, and I want everyone else to see the message I write:

.@CharlesHGreen I really enjoyed The Trusted Advisor, glad to finally meet you on Twitter.

This way ALL of my followers see the message.  Starting with the period will keep your post from being invisible.  Make sense?

Any other questions?  Feel free to ask questions in the comments below, or shoot me an email to info@adriandayton.com

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9 Responses to “Common Mistake Makes Tweets Invisible”

  1. Now that is a fine piece of explanation! I did resemble that remark, in more ways than one.
    Thanks Adrian for setting me straight.

    Charlie

    • Stewart HIrsch says:

      Interestingly, I made this mistake using @CharlesHGreen! Thanks Adrian for catching that and telling me.
      Stewart

  2. Nice hack, Adrian. I usually opt for “It was good to meet @CharlesHGreen” but I can see your option makes it sound more natural. Not that 140 characters sounds natural to the outside person, but that’s something for another day.

  3. I guess it kind of is a hack. I never thought of it that way.

  4. PedroStephano says:

    There is one disadvantage to this excellent point Adrian, and that is that the conversation thread is lost, and you won’t be able to read the entire conversation flow; not on a single page at least. It’s a tip I use whenever a two-person conversation reaches a point where a tweet is worthwhile to broadcast to all…. I suppose it’s the tweet equivalent of the ReplyToAll of emailers. And any character will do the trick – I’ve seen tweeps use ” ‘ – etc etc

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