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Twitter Question - Re: Tweeting 'At'

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Lugnuts, Jun 14, 2013.

  1. Lugnuts

    Lugnuts Well-Known Member

    Hi, I'm pretty new to Twitter, right?

    So last night I tweeted something US Open-related 'at' one of my favorite former pro golfers (now a commentator). Today I looked in my @ Connect and see that he responded. Awesome. So I was thinking I might get some new followers out of this. I go to his Twitter page, and his tweet to me is not there. Yet it appears on my page as part of our 'conversation.'

    Is there a way to Tweet privately to someone so that it appears on her page but not yours?
  2. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    Any tweet you make is going to appear on your page. The only way for it not to show up publicly is if you Direct Message somebody.

    To do that, just start a message with "D" and then their handle. (They have to be following you in order to receive it, though.) For instance:

    If you're both following each other, then you can have a private conversation through DMs that way.

    The other way to tweet "at" someone is to start your message with an @ mention, like this:

    This will show up on your page and her feed. But nobody else will see it unless they're following BOTH of you.

    If you want to @ mention someone but you want everyone to see it as if it's a normal tweet, you can start your message with a period, like this:

    That's why you see people start their tweets with a period sometimes. Or you can rewrite it in such a way that you're not starting your message with the @ mention. But most people are too lazy to rewrite creatively in 140 characters.
  3. Lugnuts

    Lugnuts Well-Known Member

    Sigh. Complicated.

    Here's what happened. I said:

    @USGA ... something something #Tiger something something, am I right, @former pro golfer?

    So the former pro golfer responds:

    @Lugnuts @USGA something something.

    I see it when I expand conversation on my page, but I don't see it on his.

  4. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Sex tape.
  5. Lugnuts

    Lugnuts Well-Known Member

    ;D I was really hoping to avoid that.
  6. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    Oh. In that case, go to their page and under Tweets, click to show "All" instead of "No replies."


    Most people don't want to see replies, because it clogs up the timeline. So the default is no replies.
  7. wicked

    wicked Well-Known Member

    Also, when replying to someone, make sure you put a period before the @ symbol at the beginning of the tweet. I don't want to confuse you or myself in explaining why, but just do it.
  8. NDJournalist

    NDJournalist Active Member

    If you do that, people following you can't see the tweet on their timeline unless they're following the person you're tweeting at.
  9. Lugnuts

    Lugnuts Well-Known Member

    @buckweaver you're so smart. You figured it out. I do appear on his page. Hot diggity!
  10. Lugnuts

    Lugnuts Well-Known Member

    So just to clarify:

    If I want the whole world to see my tweet at somebody, I start with a .@ ?

    Or if I DON'T want the whole world to see my tweet at somebody, I start with a .@ ?
  11. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    When in doubt, take buckweaver's and wicked's words over NDJ.

    Actually, even when not in doubt.
  12. Lugnuts

    Lugnuts Well-Known Member

    Would it be tacky for me to retweet this guy's response to me?
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