Are The Changing Twitter Mentions Going To Affect The Social Network’s Popularity?
Twitter has undergone a series of changes only recently. It has loosened its grip on the 140 character limit for photos, videos, GIFs and other media files. Moreover, the Twitter mentions has undergone subtle changes in the process of mentioning and re-tweeting which has turned out to be a bit confusing for everybody. It has also excluded mentions from the 140 character rule if it is at the beginning of a reply. All of it is a bit confusing at the most. So, this post is dedicated towards simplifying this confusion and also probing on the details of what such changes can have on the popularity of the social media network.
Previously when you replied to a tweet with a mention, it would only be seen by the person you replied too. His followers won’t be able to see your tweet unless they follow you too. And if you wanted everyone to see the tweet, you had to add a period “.” before it and then everyone could see the tweet. But the rule foe Twitter mentions have changed now. No longer do you need to add the period before the start of your tweet and you can begin it right away with the @mention. As long as you are giving a fresh tweet to the person and not “replying” to his/her previous tweet, your tweet will be seen by his/her followers. But if you use the Reply button, your tweet will only be seen by people who follow you both. Clear enough? Hope that it is.
Re-tweeting your replies
As you know, the previous Twitter conditions held that when you reply to someone’s tweets, only he/she will be able to see the tweet. But now, you can re-tweet your own replies so that every one of your followers can see that. For now, the re-tweeting thing is only valid for your own tweets. But that is a big change in itself too. You can also re-tweet yourselves. But if someone tweets a reply to someone you do not follow, you will not be able to see the tweet. But the good thing is, you do not have to start a tweet with a period again. You can straightaway start it with the Twitter handle.
How are these changing Twitter mentions going to affect Twitter’s popularity?
Twitter is all set to make its services less confusing and more comprehensible. According to CEO Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s rules on replies and conversations are a bit confusing at present and that is why he aims to change the use of Twitter mentions for good. This will affect the social media network’s popularity to a great extent. Now, completely able to understand the tweeting and replying system, newbies will feel more comfortable about the overall system. Brands will find it more effective to target their audience for popularizing their brand. If they mention anything good in the replies made to a particular tweet, they will be able to re-tweet it for others to see it as well.
Summary of the changes in Twitter Mentions and replies
If you are still confused about the whole set of new changes in the Twitter mentions, the following points are going to help you summarize the whole thing in your mind. So, here it goes:
- The Twitter Handle will no longer be counted within the 140 characters.
- You do no longer need to start your tweets with a period
- Photos, Videos and GIFs will not be counted within the 140 character limit.
- You can quote yourselves or re-tweet your own tweets
- If you begin a new tweet with the @mention, it will be seen by all your followers.
- If any of your tweets miss the response it should have acquired, you can re-tweet yourselves to garner more views.
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