by Lily Bradic
This week’s Web 201 post is for those of you who use Twitter. We’ll be talking about the period you often see before @mentions, and what it’s for.
When you direct a tweet at a particular user, that tweet will only show up in the feeds of people who follow both you and the person you’re tweeting.
But, if you put a character (any character) in front of your tweet, everybody who follows you will be able to see it.
The majority of users go for the period because it’s least visible.
Most of the time, you won’t need all your followers to see your conversation. If you do it too often, you might actually lose a few followers for spamming up their feed. That said, there are a few occasions where you will want to make your conversation more visible:
Readers: do you ever use this hidden function on Twitter? If so, do you stick with the trusty period, or go for something more flamboyant like the %? Send us a tweet to let us know!