Has Twitter Changed How @Reply Works? [Answer: No, it’s an error]

UPDATE: Thanks to Dave @TweetSmarter and Fizz @Fizzard it seems that this is only an error happening to some instead of a real change. Either way, watch out for it. ?

There is a really interesting thing @Luca brought to my attention today.

Twitter seems to have changed how you can reply to people. Sometimes people used to put a “.” before an “@reply” in order for tweet to be seen by everyone. Something like this:

Now, if you put a “.” or other character before an @reply it will still only be seen by the person you are tweeting to. So most of your followers will not see it even though you put the “.” in front of it.

How to still put the “.” in

What you can still do of course is to send a normal “@mention”, which is different from an “@reply”. So whenever you just start a new Tweet with “.@Luca” and don’t hit the reply button, it will still be seen by all your followers.

Ok, I hope this is an interesting tip for you. After all, the recent incident of an American Congressman showed how easy it is to confuse what is public and what is not.

UPDATE: Thanks to Dave @TweetSmarter and Fizz @Fizzard it seems that this is only an error happening to some instead of a real change. Either way, watch out for it. ?

Thanks again to @Luca, who brought this to my attention. He is a cool guy, working on a startup called Work.io.

9 Comments

  1. okay but, there’s something new happening today.. I went to reply to a tweet and once I pushed the tweet button, my tweet was published as usual, but the “in reply to” link was absent. I hope this is just a bug for the web version of twitter. I used twitter for Mac and that worked and included the reply info.. hmm

  2. Hi Jaana,

    No worries at all. Glad it was helpful for you 🙂 

  3. Jaana Nyström

    Thanks for teaching new stuff to a newbie, again…  🙂

  4. Hi Angela (TheCancerGeek) , thanks for stopping by.

    Yes, I think there could be several issues with it if it was to be true. But after extensive testing I found out that this, in reality was only an error happening to a few people.

    In either way, I think it is a good to know about it, if this happens. 🙂 

  5. Angela (TheCancerGeek)

    So really twitter doesn’t want us to easily see conversations our friends are having with non-friends (or not-yet-friends), even if they might be ok with it (by putting a dot or other character in front of the username).  No wonder I’m noticing more and more broken conversations if people are just making new @mentions to reply to someone openly. Twitter #FAIL.

  6. Hi Brian Piersel ,

    Thanks a lot for your contribution. Absolutely. I think this is well worth pointing out. [email protected] are still public, and only your DM’s are truly private. 

    Also, just found out the above is a common error instead of a real change. 🙂

  7. Brian Piersel

    “After all, the recent incident of an American Congressman showed how easy it is to confuse what is public and what is not.” Just remember, even a @reply is public, even if it doesn’t normally show in people’s timelines! Also, it seems like @replies show up in my timeline if I’m following the person being replied to as well as the poster.

  8. Ah ok, thanks for the heads up Fizz, didn’t know it was that old, sure, good suggestion, better go without the breaking 🙂

  9. This is several-month-old news, so I’d get rid of “BREAKING” in the headline.

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