March 31, 2009

Twitter - Replies Are Now Mentions

Twitter today updated the replies feature and it will be now referred as Mentions as @replies page will now be displayed as @username and will feature not only the tweetsstarting with your @username but also the tweets that mention you anywhere in the body...

here's what the official twitter post says >
We're updating the Replies feature and referring to it instead as Mentions. In your Twitter sidebar you'll now see your own @username tab. When you click that tab, you'll see a list of all tweets referencing your account with the @username convention anywhere in the tweet—instead of only at the beginning which is how it used to work. So for me it would be all mentions of @passionvaibhav. For developers, this update will also be included in the APIs.

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Why The Update?

The @Replies feature was introduced because we noticed lots of folks putting the @ symbol in front of Twitter usernames as a way of addressing one another. For example: @biz what are you drinking in your avatar? (It's a soy latte.) So, we started linking the @username references and collecting any tweets that began with @username on one page to make them easier to track.

However, folks started getting more inventive as they often do. Now people include @username mentions in the middle of tweets as a way to simply reference another account. For example: I'm flying @jetblue to Boston. Also, folks reference multiple accounts in a single tweet like this: I'm flying @jetblue to Boston with @ev @crystal and @goldman.

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