Sunday, September 30, 2012

Adding a Period Before Your Tweet



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.

Example:

@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…

Example:

.@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.

Example:

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?

10 comments:

  1. I am on Twitter and I did NOT know this. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. I did not know this. Thank you so much for sharing!!

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  3. Valuable and powerful information! Thanks for letting us in on the secret!

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  4. Wow, I had noooo idea! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  5. Thank u so much for sharing this with your friends! Hope we helped. Lotsa tips like this on our blog - blog.shareaholic.com

    So great meeting you :)

    - Janet

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  6. I am at a loss on Twitter. Thanks for shedding some light!

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  7. I knew about it (and I was in this session with you), and I don't think it was explained as clearly as it could be. You should NOT use a period when the rest of your tweet won't make sense for the others who haven't seen it! For example, while at the conference I tweeted something like "I'm taking a break over by the comfy chairs if you want to join me!" Someone tweeted back ".@cherylstober be right there!" That makes no sense to the rest of your followers. Not everything you want to tweet back to someone should involve using the period first!

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    1. Yes, there's definitely a time and a place for the period!

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  8. I was wondering about the dot - since I have seen it quite a few times, thanks for sharing

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