Last week, I was able to attend the blogging conference Springboard where I was able to hear great sessions and mingle with some of my favorite blogging friends. One takeaway I learned from a session put on by Ginny and Janet of Shareaholic was the use of a period in tweets. Now I am by no means a Twitter expert so this may be totally common knowledge to all of you but since I didn’t know it (and other people in the session didn’t either) I figured I’d share.
If you start a tweet with an @ the only people who will see the tweet is someone who follows both you and the @ person. Twitter does this in order to minimize the amount of tweets in a person's stream. If you want all of your followers to see the tweet then you need to put a period before the @ OR not start the tweet with the @ symbol.
@violacay Thanks again for a great party Friday night. You and your adorable apron make you the hostess with the mostess!
In this example, only people who follow both me and @violacay will see this tweet. Now maybe that’s okay, but what if I want all of my followers in the Twittersphere to know how awesome Viola Cay is and how ridiculously cute she looks in her apron? Well then I would need to type it like this…
.@violacay Thanks again for a great party Friday night. You and your adorable apron make you the hostess with the mostess!
In this case all of my followers will see the tweet. Now the period at the beginning can seem a bit out of place so another easy option is to simply not use the @ in the beginning of the tweet.
Hey @violacay Thanks again for a great party Friday night. You and your adorable apron make you the hostess with the mostess!
Now everyone will see the tweet and I didn’t even have to mess with a period. The “Hey” goes a long way in this tweet.
So did everyone know this already or were people late to the party with this info like me?