@Mentions are tricky things, and even fairly experienced Twitter users use them incorrectly, or not in the way they intended.
When you do a “Reply” using Twitter.com or a client, you’ll get a tweet that looks like this:
@1to1Discovery Thanks for the RT
If you intended to thank me semi-privately, great. But if you intended to thank me so your entire stream could see it, that didn’t happen. That particular @Mention will only be seen by people who follow both you and me. Probably a pretty small subset of your followers.
If you wanted to thank me publicly, all you need to do is put any character before the @, like this:
.@1to1Discovery Thanks for the RT
Now everyone who follows you will see it.
Get the difference?
So here’s the scoop.
If you want a totally private conversation on Twitter, use a Direct Message.
If you want a semi-private conversation where mutual friends can chime in, use the first example above.
If you want a completely public conversation, use the second example.
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