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Twitter has been around since 2006.
And what really frustrates me…
Is that so many people still screw up
a really basic piece of
Twitter’s functionality.
Allow me to explain:
I have something I need to get off my
chest, something I need everyone to know

!
so I head to Twitter and I tweet this:
@Patriots I hate all of you.!
But there is a problem.

!
I want everybody to know.
!
But because the tweet
started with an @ sign…

!
ONLY the traitors people who follow BOTH me
AND the Patriots will see this tweet.
!
NOT all of my followers
(and I have a lot)
Which is EXCEPTIONAL for certain situations.*

*But that's another Slideshare
for another day.
But not this one.
So now a tweet like this:

!
So now a tweet like this:

!

The @Patriots haven’t won a Super Bowl
since they were caught cheating.
#Justsaying #Truth
Will show up to all 1,000,000+
of my followers
WHY?
Because @ is not the first
character of the tweet:
The @Patriots haven’t won a Super Bowl
since they were caught cheating.
...
When that happens, all of your followers
see it no matter what else is in the tweet.
Let’s take a look at another example:
@wilfork75 really really really really really
really really really annoys me
Again, only going to the LIMITED number of my
followers who ALSO follow Vince Wilfork.
!
NO GOOD

!
EVERYONE MUST KNOW

!
But it’s an easy fix:

!

.@wilfork75 really really really really really
really really really annoys me
See that period at
the beginning?
!
.@wilfork75 really really
really really really really
really really annoys me
.

That
is the most misunderstood
piece of punctuation on Twitter.
!
Now that I tweeted starting with a period…
ALL of my followers can understand just
how much Vince pisses me off.
So clearly this is a really
important mechanic.
And to be honest, I am shocked that Twitter
hasn’t done a better job explaining it to
new users.
If I ran things, here is what I would do.
The first time you used the @
message, this would appear:
Pretty cool right?
Hey one last thing.
I’m actually not all about people using this
mechanic all the time.
I would prefer that you just change the
content up a little.
Just find a different way to
structure the sentence.
!

The @Patriots haven’t won a Super Bowl
since they were caught cheati...
It looks and feels a lot more natural.
But if you absolutely have to start a tweet
with someone’s handle.
Now you know what to do.
;)
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  1. 1. Twitter has been around since 2006.
  2. 2. And what really frustrates me…
  3. 3. Is that so many people still screw up a really basic piece of Twitter’s functionality.
  4. 4. Allow me to explain:
  5. 5. I have something I need to get off my chest, something I need everyone to know !
  6. 6. so I head to Twitter and I tweet this:
  7. 7. @Patriots I hate all of you.!
  8. 8. But there is a problem. !
  9. 9. I want everybody to know. !
  10. 10. But because the tweet started with an @ sign… !
  11. 11. ONLY the traitors people who follow BOTH me AND the Patriots will see this tweet. !
  12. 12. NOT all of my followers (and I have a lot)
  13. 13. Which is EXCEPTIONAL for certain situations.* *But that's another Slideshare for another day.
  14. 14. But not this one.
  15. 15. So now a tweet like this: !
  16. 16. So now a tweet like this: ! The @Patriots haven’t won a Super Bowl since they were caught cheating. #Justsaying #Truth
  17. 17. Will show up to all 1,000,000+ of my followers
  18. 18. WHY?
  19. 19. Because @ is not the first character of the tweet: The @Patriots haven’t won a Super Bowl since they were caught cheating. #Justsaying #Truth
  20. 20. When that happens, all of your followers see it no matter what else is in the tweet.
  21. 21. Let’s take a look at another example:
  22. 22. @wilfork75 really really really really really really really really annoys me
  23. 23. Again, only going to the LIMITED number of my followers who ALSO follow Vince Wilfork. !
  24. 24. NO GOOD !
  25. 25. EVERYONE MUST KNOW !
  26. 26. But it’s an easy fix: ! .@wilfork75 really really really really really really really really annoys me
  27. 27. See that period at the beginning? ! .@wilfork75 really really really really really really really really annoys me
  28. 28. . That is the most misunderstood piece of punctuation on Twitter. !
  29. 29. Now that I tweeted starting with a period…
  30. 30. ALL of my followers can understand just how much Vince pisses me off.
  31. 31. So clearly this is a really important mechanic.
  32. 32. And to be honest, I am shocked that Twitter hasn’t done a better job explaining it to new users.
  33. 33. If I ran things, here is what I would do.
  34. 34. The first time you used the @ message, this would appear:
  35. 35. Pretty cool right?
  36. 36. Hey one last thing.
  37. 37. I’m actually not all about people using this mechanic all the time.
  38. 38. I would prefer that you just change the content up a little.
  39. 39. Just find a different way to structure the sentence. ! The @Patriots haven’t won a Super Bowl since they were caught cheating. #Justsaying #Truth
  40. 40. It looks and feels a lot more natural.
  41. 41. But if you absolutely have to start a tweet with someone’s handle.
  42. 42. Now you know what to do.
  43. 43. ;)
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