There are a several ways to connect with people/businesses on Twitter. The most popular way is to post a tweet and hope that others will engage with you by replying, liking or retweeting your post.
If you would like to respond to a tweet or just directly contact someone on Twitter, here are a few ways to go about doing so:
- Reply to a tweet – To reply to a tweet, just click on the “Reply” icon and you’re on your way! Please keep in mind that replies are not private and can be seen by the other account’s followers and yours. Your response will also be listed on your Tweets & replies page. You will still need to adhere to the 140 character count limit in your reply, but the good news is your twitter handle (twitter username) will not be included in the count. It’s also worth mentioning that images are no longer included in character counts either.
- Mention someone in your tweet – If you want to make sure someone doesn’t miss seeing your tweet – include their twitter handle in your post (i.e. @a2zDigitalMedia) or if you are on their profile page you can click on the feather pen icon to tweet at them (see image below). Mentions are not private. The recipient will receive a notification and see this item listed on their Mentions page (see example below). Don’t forget to check your Mentions page to see if anyone has included you in any of their tweets.
- Direct Message (DM) – To send a Direct Message to another twitter user, go to their profile page and click on the comment icon (see image below). A Direct Message is a private message sent from one twitter account to another. You need to be followed by the other account to be able to send them a direct message. “Following” someone means you have chosen to subscribe to the other person’s twitter updates. Direct messages can also be exchanged between groups. You can send up to 1,000 direct messages per day.
These twitter icons can be found under a user’s account information on their profile page and can be used for contacting them:
Happy connecting on Twitter!
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