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The Period in a Twitter Conversation

The Period in a Twitter Conversation

Have you ever been on Twitter and you have seen a period before a handle and its tweet? Since when has punctuation come before a sentence rather than at the end? Additionaly, who knew there was grammar to a 140-character sentence?

Twitter is social media outlet that has many secrets and this is one of them. Consider this trick as a privacy publicity thing. Adding a period before your handle makes your tweet more public.

 

Private Tweets

When directing a reply or mention at someone, people usually start the tweet with just a handle.

Example: “@JohnDoe Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, at vestibulum diam. “

This tweet is directed at John Doe and John Doe only.

 

Public Tweets

If you want to turn a private tweet into a public tweet for John Doe AND all of your followers, you must add a period before the handle. This creates a community-style tweet. Think of this style of tweet as shouting something to John Doe across the room filled with your friends and family.

Note: This can be also done by adding any character before @JohnDoe, but the period is most common for Twitter users — plus its less glaring.

Example: “.@JohnDoe Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, at vestibulum diam. “

…and voila! Your tweet is now visible to all of your followers!

For more information and useful tips, be sure to review the Twitter Help Center.

Chris Connors
chris@tortugacreative.com

Chris Connors is co-owner of Tortuga, a web design studio located in Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey. Chris has a passion for graphic and web design, and enjoys working with a variety of entrepreneurs and small businesses throughout the Jersey Shore region.

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