Today, we offer a simple fix to a problem you might not even know you had.
If you are not aware of this little known ‘feature’ of Twitter, your tweets may not be getting seen by all of your followers. Read on for the solution.
How to Make Sure Everyone Sees your Tweets
Do you send ‘@ replies’ to people on Twitter? Sure, we all do (or at least we all should!).
An @ reply, not to be confused with a DM (Direct Message) is simply a tweet that’s being addressed to a specific user on Twitter. These tweets are normally seen by your followers and they also show up in the ‘Mentions’ tab of your recipient. But did you know that if you begin your tweet with an @reply then it is probably not being seen by all of your followers?
Twitter assumes that if you begin your tweet with an @ reply then it is only of interest to you and the select group of your followers who also happen to be following the person you are addressing your message to.
While that may indeed be the case, it limits potential interaction between your followers who might NOT be following that individual but who might genuinely be interested in the conversation you are having with them.
Remember, this is not a private, direct message we’re talking about here. This is a public tweet from you to another person on Twitter. Since Twitter is all about establishing meaningful connections, it only stands to reason that your conversations with others may be interesting to any number (perhaps all!) of the people following you.
But for whatever reason, Twitter doesn’t see it that way. So, when you start a tweet with an @ reply, the only people who will see this tweet are (A) the person you’re sending the tweet to the first place (B) only your followers who also happen to be following the person you mention in your @ reply.
How to Fix it so Everyone Sees your Tweets
Luckily for you there’s an easy fix to make sure everyone sees your tweets. Simply put a character before the @ reply and suddenly Twitter thinks you want the whole world to see this tweet. Experience has proven that using a ‘.’ before the @ reply is about as unobtrusive as it gets (and only uses 1 extra character from the 140 allotment).
Because I included a ‘.’ before the @ reply, now my tweet will be seen by ALL of my followers, not just those who also follow @Sprout_Insights.
An Alternative Solution
The fix, above, is elegant but it still takes up 1 potentially valuable character. You can obtain the same goal, not losing any extra characters and still having your tweet readable by all of your followers by simply rearranging your tweet so that the @ reply is not at the very beginning:
So, what do you think? Useful tip? Still not sure what this is all about? Or glad to know there’s a way to make your tweets seen by the widest audience possible? Either way, why don’t you let us know by leaving a comment below.
I just started using twitter seriously and I want users to see my tweets, not just my followers. I only have 7 and I'm not looking to be controversial or famous.
How do I begin a tweet so that everyone in the "twitterverse" can see (read it)?
@askyvette If you're posting an update that doesn't begin with a Twitter username (ie. @user), your Tweet will be public. If it does begin with a username, put a period (.) in front of the username to make it public. While it helps to have public Tweets, to reach a larger audience, utilizing hashtags and engaging with other Twitter gives you a better chance of more exposure. Happy Tweeting!
Thank you sooo much for your hints for getting my tweets to all my followers. Didnt know tweets didnt go to everyone
plz help me .. when i tweet someone ... uper show your tweet has been send to *** but actually the person didnt recive any tweet regarding me.. why what should i do..?
I found it helpful. I also need to know more. How can I make my tweet accessible for all that I am following. but who do not following me? Please help.
Good answer to my inquiry. When you mention @ CNN, shouldn't you see your tweet on at CNN twitter timeline?
@kojman1 If @mentioning CNN in your tweet, the only way you'll see your tweet on their "Tweets & Replies" timeline is if they respond to you.
THIS ARTICLE APPEARS TO NO LONGER BE TRUE. In fact, it appears the OPPOSITE is true. According to the help file on Twitter (link below) - when your tweet starts with the @username of the person you are talking to, this is a "Reply" tweet, and it will also appear in the Home timeline of anyone following the sender AND anyone following the recipient of the reply. If you add the period before the @username, or move the @username to somewhere middle of the tweet or at the end of it, this Tweet is called a "Mention" and it will *only* appear to your followers, not theirs. Can anyone confirm this? https://support.twitter.com/articles/119138
I read the info on the link you provided, TheOpenLabel, & no where did it discuss putting the period ↘ . in front of the @ symbol to reach all your followers. Just how I read it.
Thanks a lot Don. I was looking for a simple breakdown on making sure everyone sees a tweet and I kept getting mixed or complicated answers. I appreciate how simple yet completely you explained this in terms everyone can understand. I will be checking out more of your site to see what other helpful information you have.
Thank you for this information. I have been confused as to the difference, since I am building my followers this can have a huge impact on my productivity. One question, you said we should be using the @Reply ... Why? How does this benefit me?
I have over 6,500 followers on Twitter and this could be a huge boost for my websites. I had been wondering how to do this for ages - thanks for the tip
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Just joined Twitter but have no followers. Why Tweet anything if I don't have followers? Isn't there some way to Tweet the Twitter population at large? Or...?
How do you make tweet seen by everyone not just followers and following, but all and everyone in twitter, like a broadcast tweet to everyone that has an unfiltering twitter account.
@mdcoplus That's what I want to know