Digital Marketing and Social Media Strategy

Mentions on Twitter

I was just logged into Twitter on my browser (rather than TweetDeck or Twhril like usual) and noticed something cool. The good people at Twitter have changed Replies to Mentions.

If you normally use your browser to use Twitter you’ll know the frustration when someone mentions you in a tweet, but because the tweet doesn’t begin with @yourname you would miss it.

Biz explains on the Twitter blog: “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. So for me it would be all mentions of @biz. For developers, this update will also be included in the APIs.”

Clearly this is a great way to enhance the usability of Twitter from your browser, however it still doesn’t compare to using TweetDeck. Since the browser is still the most popular way that people use Twitter it makes sense to make the experience better. Especially now that they are making a move towards advertising(? See image).

Mashable’s Adam Ostrow writes: “This also means you should also start to see all of the retweets that you generate, since those always start with something along the lines of “RT @adamostrow” or “Retweet @adamostrow.””

All in all this is a good move on Twitter’s part. Nice job guys.

Dave

http://www.davemadethat.com

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  • So this ability is going to be the same as using http://search.twitter.com and searching our *@username* in there? I know not everyone uses search.twitter.com but for those of us who do, I wonder if this another option for us now? I dunno. Thank you, Dave! [I am @2Serenity on twitter now from @thejenntafur]

  • Yes it's the same thing. Summize was another option, it's nice to see it
    back up after some down time recently.

    I'll be sure to follow the new you ;-)

    Cheers,
    D

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  • Dave, wasn't Summize acquired by Twitter and turned into Twitter Search? Or is there a separate Summize engine still? Curious because I find that Twitter Search has been pretty glitchy for the past month, probably as they work on rolling out the handful of new features we've seen. Would be nice to have a backup. Either way SO excited to see the “Mentions” tab!

  • It blows my mind that twitter.com is still the most popular way to use Twitter! With TweetDeck, Twhirl, DestroyTwitter, Twitteriffic, etc… who would use the website? I personally love DestroyTwitter. Great app for the desktop. TwitterFon is great for the iPhone.

  • Yes, they bought Summize and changed it to Twitter Search. I keep calling it
    Summize though, it's shorter to say ;-)
    I use Tumblr to archive my tweets: http://davestweets.tumblr.com/archive

    Cheers.
    D

  • I will give DestroyTwitter a try, I just came across it the other day. I
    highly recommend the iPhone app, Tweetie. It's the best one by far.

    Cheers,
    D

  • Or you could use the Twitter analytics tools built into Raven to check all of your retweet and other stats. Just sayin'. :)

  • Oohhh shameless plug. To be honest I need to start using Raven again. I'll
    get on that soon.

    D

  • Twitter seems to have new stuff every day. They always seem to be tweaking it. I use tweetdeck and twitter 50/50.

  • Well, I'm not so sure about that. But there are plenty of new services
    popping up all of the time. I still need to give Destroy Twitter a whirl.

    Cheers,
    D

  • Thanks Dave, I just subscribed to your feed, ahh if only others could write as well as you. I applaud Twitters move here (as most times I do) and I would just like to remind them that; One Person Can Make A Twitterence

  • Thanks Dick,
    I really appreciate your nice comment! Keep making that difference.

    Cheers

  • Thanks Dave, I just subscribed to your feed, ahh if only others could write as well as you. I applaud Twitters move here (as most times I do) and I would just like to remind them that; One Person Can Make A Twitterence

  • Thanks Dick,
    I really appreciate your nice comment! Keep making that difference.

    Cheers