Are you using Twitter @replies incorrectly?

Are you using Twitter @replies incorrectly?

ImageBy Adam Goldberg

Larry, the Twitter Bird, can be sensitive, and you don’t want to make him sad, do you? Larry gets sad when you don’t use Twitter as it was intended.

Below I am going to explain how @replies work and how you may be using them incorrectly. 

@replies are seen only by users that follow you and the person you are @replying to. Check out the example below. 


In the above example, only those who follow @socially_gold and @askbigqs are going to see the Tweet from @socially_gold. If none of my followers follow @askbigqs, no one will see this Tweet populate in their feed. No bueno! 

How do I Tweet so I make sure all of my followers see that @askbigqs is awesome? 


Twitter will see the “@” symbol as the first character in your Tweet and will only broadcast your tweet to mutual followers. If you ad a period, or any character for that matter, in front of the “@” symbol, all of your followers will see that @askbigqs is awesome. 

I bring this to your attention because I have seen an increase in Tweets leading with a username that should be seen by all followers and not just mutual ones. Add that period in front and you are good to go. 

Did you already know this about @replies? Let us know in the comments! 



  • Excellent reminder, Adam!

    • Adam Goldberg

      Thanks John! I’m always surprised at how many don’t know this.

  • Wow, this is good to know! Thanks for the tip Adam!

    • sociallygold

      Thanks Johnny! Glad you liked the article. Did you see that I am hosting a social media training on 1/29? It’ll have more tips just like this.

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