Twitter Finally Gets @replies

Filed as News on March 31, 2009 2:24 am

@replies changeFor the power users out there, this isn’t even remotely interesting, since you all use TweetDeck, Twhirl, or any other kick-ass desktop client that already understand these things. But web interface users who wanted to catch up on mentions have been forced to search, since the @replies link in the sidebar just listed tweets where you were @username’d at the beginning of a tweet.

No more!

In your Twitter sidebar you’ll now see your own @username tab. When you click that tab, you’ll see a list of all tweets referencing your account with the @username convention anywhere in the tweet—instead of only at the beginning which is how it used to work.

About time. Do follow @blogherald on Twitter, and why not follow me (@tdhedengren) as well?


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  1. By Andy Merrett posted on March 31, 2009 at 2:30 am
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    Heh, I had no idea the replies functionality worked that way before!


  2. By Gabriella posted on March 31, 2009 at 5:32 am
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    Well I have to admit I had no idea what the @replies was used for. No, I am not a “power” user but I am however using the Firefox power Twitter plug-in & it was due to their nifty little extras that I finally learned what the @replies was all about. With that said I am glad to see Twitter finally caught on that users really still have no clue how to use all of it’s functions.


  3. By Lina Zaproudi posted on March 31, 2009 at 6:07 am
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    That’s very good, but even better would be that you can see how many new messages are in there* (since your last login), without having to click to go in.

    *there=@username, formerly @Replies!


  4. By redwall_hp posted on March 31, 2009 at 8:02 am
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    Clarification: Twitter already had @replies. The recent changes just make them more useful, making the replies tab display any mention of @you, rather than just tweets that have @you at the beginning. Partly why Twitter is referring to them as “Mentions” now instead of “Replies.”


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