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2x startup Founder & CEO who has gone to the Dark Side of VC. His first company, BuildOnline was sold in 2005, his second, Koral was acquired by Salesforce.com and became known as Salesforce Content, while Mark served as VP Product Management. In 2007 Mark joined GRP Partners in 2007 as a General Partner.  He focuses on early-stage technology companies, usually looking at Series A investment, and blogs at the aptly titled Both Sides of the Table.

4 responses to “6 Tips for Using the @ Sign in Twitter”

  1. Joss Winn

    Your post reminded me about a feature that I thought Twitter had implemented but having just tested it, I don’t think they have:

    http://blog.twitter.com/2009/05/we-learned-lot.html

    The idea was that if you clicked a reply button, only followers of the person could see the reply, but if you typed @username, then everyone following you could see it. I like this approach and it saves prefixing replies with dots and dashes and whatever.

  2. Zoli Erdos

    Mark,

    This goes way beyond Twitter 101, we’re talking Master’s or Doctorate level here:-)

  3. livecut

    I think you have a contradiction. You say:
    > 1. …If you send somebody a message and you
    > START it with an @name then the only people who
    > will see your message are people who follow you
    > and people who follow the person you replied to.

    Then you say:

    > …if you follow me but not @deblanda
    > and I send her a message starting with an @
    > then you won’t see it at all.

    But you just said I’d see it because you sent it and I follow you.

    > Anyone who follows both of us will see the message.

    Ah, so in 1., I think you meant that only people who follow *both* you *and* the recipient will see it. Now it fits. No further questions. (Glad to hear that?)

    Thanks,
    TW

  4. Mark Suster

    Livecut / TW,

    You figured it out. In the more advanced, point 1 I said that if you follow both the sender and receiver you will see the message. Operative word there is “both” and not “either.” I’m sure it would have been more clear if I would have emphasized the boolean AND, but at least with your commentary and this not hopefully no one else will be confused. Thanks for your comment.