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!

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  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.

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  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!

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  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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