Dr. Ding on June 15th, 2008 at 10:39 am #
Thanks, Sean! A very lucid post. I could have used it when I first joined Twitter and was essentially stumbling around like a drunken sailor, talking to lamposts and such.
Erin on June 15th, 2008 at 11:37 am #
Reading this just gave me a headache.
F. on June 15th, 2008 at 12:24 pm #
Indeed. Good lessons. I choose to turn off the @bob replies, because seriously, I don’t want to be involved in EVERYONE’S conversations, especially with people I don’t follow. I have some massive Twitter users on my list, and I don’t care about their individual conversations. Sure, I’m missing some tweets that way, but I figure, I’m getting what I need to, and the rest is all gravy!
Dave on June 17th, 2008 at 12:15 pm #
@maslowbeer I find it interesting how Twitter’s use of the “@” sign is cropping up in more common places and other sites around the interwebs.
Plurk, Brightkite, etc.
I’m sure they did this on purpose. Just like OpenOffice made many of their UI controls and shortcuts mimic MS Word’s to keep people familiar with the UI.
Sean on June 17th, 2008 at 2:08 pm #
@Dave Indeed you are right. Even though Twitter users actually invented this usage, I’m curious if it predates that from use on blogs, specifically where one commenter is replying to another (as in this comment).
Twitter @ Replies Update: Multiple Addressees | Maslow Forgot about Beer â„¢ on December 21st, 2008 at 4:02 pm #
[...] are addressed to multiple people in a chain. These replies also appear to follow the same rules I pointed out in my previous post about Twitter in how @Replies work (alas it still appears most people don’t understand these important points, however). For [...]
Grace Rodriguez on January 19th, 2009 at 3:22 pm #
Thanks for setting me straight, Sean! It would be nice if Twitter web would just add a “retweet” function, so I wouldn’t have to “replY” then “RT:” Is there a petition circulating for that?
Sean on January 19th, 2009 at 3:41 pm #
Grace – who knows but several clients like Twitterfox have retweet shortcuts that do just that!
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