I realize many people still don’t know how @mentions work on Twitter, in terms of visibility. Reiterating from Twitter Help page:

  1. People will only see replies in their home time line if they are following both the sender and recipient of the update
  2. People will see mentions in their timeline even if they don’t follow the person mentioned – as long as they follow the sender, they’ll see the mention in their timeline (It’s treated like a regular Tweet.)
  3. People with protected accounts cannot send replies to people who aren’t following them, and mentions won’t be seen by non-followers either

So, remember…your brilliant, sarcastic, intelligent, funny responses may go unnoticed by a larger group. If you think they are worth the world’s time, add a ‘.’ in front of your response tweet so that the dot becomes the first character, preceding the @.

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  1. The third point clarified something I was looking for some time. Am emailing this page to someone now.

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