Twitter And The Unnecessary Dot
My colleagues and I have been wondering, for a long time now, why there has been too many dots places in front of handles in some of the tweets sent by certain people or organisations we follow.
Like, why did The ServiceMag put a dot right before @PaulKagame and @UrugwiroVillage?
— The ServiceMag (@TheServiceMag) September 27, 2014
— Min Youth&ICT|Rwanda (@RwandaYouthICT) November 20, 2015
The simple guess is: what Twitter calls broadcasting.
Twitter calls it narrowcasting when users post an @reply and broadcasting when they use a .@reply. We, at Ejo, call the latter an ‘open reply’.
When tweets have an @reply, but also a period (.) or other symbol (>) before them, users want all of their followers to see the Tweet, not just those who follow both the sender and the receiver. Remember that @replies, in which the @username is at the very start of the Tweet, can only be viewed by mutual followers of the sender and receiver.
— Ejo Group (@EjoGroup) November 19, 2015
There is absolutely no specific reason to put a dot before usernames inside a tweet. Not that we know of.
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