For new users, Twitter can certainly seem imposing. Instead of friend requests and multimedia sharing, users solely communicate through tweets -- 140-character-long dispatches a user can broadcast to other users. Compared to social networks such as Facebook and Myspace, though, these tweets play a large part in Twitter's current popularity. Friends can read your tweets, and if you want, you can even respond to them.
Find the user name of the person to whom you want to respond. This is the string of characters which follows "http://www.twitter.com" in the address bar.
Type out your response in your Twitter client's text entry box.
Decide the exact response method you want to use. You can respond to Twitter users via direct message or mention.
Type the letter "d" and the recipient's user name before tweeting if you want to send over your response as a direct message. This functions similarly to an email -- the user will privately get the message, and its contents are not public.
Type "@," followed by the user's name -- with no space -- and send out the tweet if you want to directly reply to the user. The recipient will be notified of your response, because they're directly mentioned in the tweet. However, your response will be publicly available.
- Numerous third-party and first-party Twitter applications and functionality exist on desktop computers, smartphones and standard cell phones.
- If you do not use the proper prefixes, it is possible to publicly send out a tweeted response meant for another person. Always double-check the tweet's syntax before sending a direct message.
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