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Twitter Tips: Why add a full stop before an @mention on Twitter

Have you scrolled through your Twitter feed and seen a couple of tweets starting with a full stop before an @mention and wondered why? 

It’s one of Twitter’s quirks that plays a huge role in what appears on your feed. When you tweet directly to someone and @mention them at the start of your Tweet, or when you ‘reply’ to a Tweet eg;

@dotsocialise thanks for the great #socialmedia tip

This Tweet will only appear in the feeds of users who follow both you and the person you are Tweeting. The reason for this is a good one, it prevents us from flooding other people’s streams when we’re having a Twitter conversation (we don’t need to share everything)

Now, if you add a full stop or any other icon before the @mention your tweet will appear in all of your followers feeds, for example;

.@DotSocialise post great #SocialMedia tips

In summary:
.Dot before you @mention at the start of a tweet to ensure your message is seen

And leave the .Dot out if you’re having a chinwag

NOTE: This trick is only for when you @mention people in the beginning of your Tweet or for replies that you want everyone to see.