Twitter Is Finally Putting an End to Tweets That Start with “.@”


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“Once implemented, all Tweets, even ones starting with the ‘@’ sign will be visible to all your followers.”

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Twitter recently announced its plans to release several updates allowing users to “do even more” in a Tweet and sustain Twitter’s reputation as “the best place for live commentary, connections, and conversations.”

1. No More Wasted Characters in @ Replies

Tweet Replies with @names in them will no longer count toward the 140-character count. This makes conversations on Twitter easier and more straightforward, putting an end to the annoying process of cutting out words and changing the grammar to make everything fit in order to reach the whole group of users in the thread.

2. Freedom of Media Attachments

Media attachments such as photos, GIFs, polls, and videos will no longer count toward the 140 character limit. This is aimed to help users have more group interactions as well as be able to save more room for words, rather than image links and other non-text components.

3. No More Silly Period to Start Tweets

Another change we can expect is the end of Tweets with a period before someone’s handle in order for your Tweets to be seen by all your followers, and not just the invidividual you’re Tweeting at plus his or her followers (confusing, right?)…. Once implemented, all Tweets, even ones starting with the “@” sign will be visible to all your followers, and in its place will be new ways to ping specific people as replies.

4. Self-Retweets and Quote Tweets

The Retweet button will soon appear on your own Tweets in case you want to easily Retweet or Quote Tweet yourself. This is common for people that want to share a new point of view or comment on something they’ve already Tweeted, or they just feel like a quality Tweet went unnoticed.

Due to the extent of these changes, there is no specified launch date. Twitter wants to provide developers adequate time to transition.

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Erica Perry

Content and Marketing Associate , Crowdcentric

Erica Perry is a Social Media Week contributor, and Marketing & Content Associate for Crowdcentric. A recent graduate from Boston College, Erica resides in Boston, Mass.



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