Ask Lisa: What is an @ message? Is it different than a normal Twitter message?

Q: What is an @ message? Is it different than a normal Twitter message?

A: There are billions of messages that are sent on Twitter every day. An @message is how you tag someone on twitter so they can actually see the message you sent. It is a public message that everyone on Twitter can see. Without using the @message they would not know you were talking to them.  Think of it as sending an email to someone without an email address! You can view your own @messages on the home Page of Twitter where it says @mentions. Whenever you hit reply to a Tweet it automatically populates the other person’s @name at the beginning of your tweet.  Go to and click reply to one of my Tweets to test how it works.

If you want to send a private message, you have to send a Direct Message (DM) via the messages link at the top of your Twitter Page.  When you reply to someone on Twitter, it automatically sends them an @message to show you replied to them. D space lisalarter it will be a direct message. It looks like this: D lisalarter Your message here

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Founder and CEO of the Lisa Larter Group, master strategist, author, speaker, podcast host, social media expert, consultant, and business coach. Lisa inspires entrepreneurs and business owners to see the possibilities for their organizations when it comes to strategy. She uncomplicates modern marketing and creates (and implements) strategies for businesses that are guaranteed to increase visibility, inbound leads, and revenue.

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