9 Strange Things About Tweets, Retweets And DMs Every Twitter User Must Know

Guest post by Dave Larson @TweetSmarter

Oh Twitter, how can you be so simple and yet so complicated at the same time? When I joined Twitter in 2007, I thought it was an amazing way to connect with cool people around the world. And it was! In fact, I ended up spending so much time on Twitter, that it wasn’t long before I realized I had become an expert—an expert in making Twitter mistakes. This thing was more complicated than I expected!

I soon created a new account, @TweetSmarter, to help people learn from some of the mistakes I had made. And today, over four years later, I can tell you that I’m still making mistakes on Twitter, learning from them, and helping others avoid making them too. So to help you avoid some of my mistakes, here are some of the strangest things I know about Tweets, Retweets and DMs that you should probably know too:

1. Twitter Didn’t Invent Retweets (But Some People Think They Ruined Them) – On Twitter.com if you click the “retweet” link underneath the tweet, you get the “official” version of a retweet, which can’t be edited. However, Twitter users invented what is now sometimes called an “old-style retweet.” It IS editable, meaning you can add your own comments to it. And while the “official” retweet is convenient, it has some problems: They disappear under some circumstances (see #5 below)…and they can’t be edited. So what’s so great about being able to edit a retweet, anyway?

Well, you can add a comment to tell people WHY it’s great, or add an opinion, or thank the person who posted the original tweet. In other words, you can use the retweet to actually connect with people! And isn’t that one of the greatest things about twitter? But now here’s the good news: you can add an old-style “retweet with comment” link right into Twitter.com! (If you don’t want to have to copy, past and write your tweets by hand to add comments to them.) Simply sign up for the free BufferApp service, and just click to install this plug-in into your browser. Buffer also gives you the option to automatically schedule your tweet at a time when more people are likely to see it. If you use Firefox, use this plug-in instead (sorry, does not include any scheduling option).


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2. Why Don’t Some Links In Tweets Work Anymore? – A few weeks ago, Twitter changed the way it displays links in tweets by removing the “http://” but keeping the link clickable. This meant that, for example, http://Google.com would display as Google.com (and when clicked will take you to Google’s website). However, if you copy the link and paste it into a new tweet, losing the http:// portion makes the link unclickable. You should also know that two other things Twitter turns into links are #hashtags and @usernames…and they can accidentally NOT become links too. The #hashtag or @username MUST have a space or punctuation after it (or be the last thing in your tweet) AND have no space after the @ or #—or it will NOT be turned into a link in a tweet.
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3. Twitter Actually HIDES Some Tweets From You – Every user MUST learn this tip. (Don’t worry, it’s nothing insidious.) If two people are having a conversation, twitter won’t show you their tweets unless you follow both of them. And when I say “conversation tweets,” I mean tweets that start with “@”—for example, if @Sue is talking to @Joe:

@Joe How are you? @Sue Just fine! How are you?

So if you want to write a tweet to let me know about somebody that I DON’T follow do NOT say something like “@user is great—everyone should follow them!” Because only the people that ALREADY follow @user will see it. Instead, use the “.” trick, and say “.@user is great—everyone should follow them!” Then and only then will the people who don’t follow @user see your tweet.
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4. People Might Not See Your Tweets – Twitter has a kind of “quality score” that they use to decide whose tweets will be shown in Twitter search. But also, Twitter often has problems showing all tweets in search. You should check here or here as well if you’re not seeing all your tweets. But, there is a “hidden” problem you CAN do something about: making sure your tweets go out when people are online to see them. To do this, use a service such as Tweriod or WhenToTweet to find the best time to tweet, and then set up a free BufferApp account to make sure your tweets reach people at the best times.


5. DMs and Retweets Can Actually Disappear Sometimes – For Twitter DMs, one possibility is that it was removed by the person you sent it to. That’s right, people can remove DMs that you have sent from your outbox by deleting them from their inbox! Also, if someone deletes their Twitter account (or if it is permanently suspended) all the DMs they sent to you will disappear as well. So make sure to save important DM information somewhere outside of Twitter. Another thing people don’t like about the “official-style” Twitter retweet is that they do NOT show up on Twitter lists. So, if you follow someone ONLY by placing them on a list, you won’t see ANY of their “official-style” retweets. Even worse, once anyone has retweeted a tweet using the Twitter.com “official” retweet link, it won’t ever be shown in your timeline again! So if you missed the first retweet of it, even if EVERYONE retweets it, you won’t see it, because it won’t be shown in your timeline ever again.


6. Some Tweets Just Can’t Be Retweeted – If you’re following anyone who has protected their tweets, they don’t want their tweets to be shown publicly, so Twitter won’t allow them to be retweeted using the official retweet from Twitter.com. It can be confusing, because once a protected account follows you back, it looks to you just like all other Twitter accounts—you might not realize they have protected their account.


7. Uh-Oh: Private Tweets CAN Be Posted Publicly  – The most common reason this happens sometimes is that you were using “d” or “dm” to create a direct message and you had a typo. (Starting a tweet with “d @user” or “dm @user” turns it into a direct message if that user already follows you.) Most important, you have to be extra careful about replying to DMs that you receive by text/SMS. See Twitter’s explanations for other common public DM problems here.


8. I’m Getting DMs That I Can’t Reply To! – If you follow someone, that is the same as giving them permission to DM you. But only if they follow you can you send them direct messages back. Sometimes people intend to follow you but forgot or had an error. If you’re pretty sure they meant to be following you, just send them a tweet something like this: “Hey @user will you follow me so I can reply to your DM?”


9. I Received A Repulsive Tweet—Why Can’t I Delete It? – With DMs, you can delete them (and unfollow the person). But if someone sends you a public tweet, you can’t delete it. You can only delete tweets that you created. But you can hide tweets you don’t want to see on some interfaces by creating a search that filters out what you don’t want to see. The best example of this is TweetDeck’s global filter.


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10. Bonus! How Do Tweets Become Pictures, Videos or Documents? – Some interfaces make it appear that a Tweet has become a picture or video. But what you need to know is that you can only put a link IN a tweet to a picture, video or document (or anything else that can be linked to). But first, the picture, video or document has to be posted somewhere on the web. See this list of services that make it easy to take something from your computer and post it via Twitter. What did we miss? Do you have retweet questions, or info to share? We’d love to hear from you in the comments! Just add your question, advice or comment in the box below.


About the Author:

Dave Larson on Twitter    “As @TweetSmarter, Dave Larson have answered thousands of questions for Twitter users worldwide over the past 4+ years. His goal   is to assist and empower everyone he comes into contact with.”


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  • http://www.modernlifeblogs.com Amit

    Great Post! Thnx so much sharing the valuable information. Always reading the tweets of twitter tips expert Mr. Dave. So awesome to get his tips on this blog.

    Have a great day. Keep Rocking and Keep Spreading Smiles :-)


    • http://twitter.com/mistygirlph Misty Belardo

      Thank you Amit.. We are very fortunate to have Mr. Dave Larson contribute and give awesome advise to us and our wonderful readers!! =))

    • http://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      Thank you so much Amit. I echo what Misty said in that we are fortunate to have David Larson on @Tweetsmarter contribute great advice to us and our entire community. :-))

    • http://davidglarson.com Dave Larson

      Hey, cut it out! My wife says my head is big enough already :-))

      And thanks so much, Misty, for the chance to do this guest post.

      • http://twitter.com/mistygirlph Misty Belardo

        LOL You are too funny Dave, but seriously, we are so grateful for your insights!! That is what I love about Twitter, you learn together.

  • kenoboss

    great story. I do have 1 question. when i tweet as part of a # trending topic why can’t i see my tweet in the TT timeline , could it be that my acct. is set to Private?

    • http://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      That is likely the case. Great question!

    • http://davidglarson.com Dave Larson

      Marty nailed it. You’ve made your tweets invisible by choice, so they won’t be seen.

  • http://benjaminlang.com Ben Lang

    Great post!

    • http://davidglarson.com Dave Larson

      Thanks, Ben!

  • Anonymous

    I always wondered why some people had the . before the @ in their tweets. I thought it was a typo! Now, I know… Great stuff! Thanks :)

    • http://davidglarson.com Dave Larson

      Yeah, it’s amazing the first time you learn about that, isn’t it? Spread the word!

  • http://twitter.com/BeaJohnston Beatrice Johnston

    awesome! Thanks for sharing. Useful info is hard to find.

    • http://davidglarson.com Dave Larson

      Thanks for the compliment, Beatrice. Tweet us anytime :-)

  • http://twitter.com/Z4chAnner Z4chAnner

    Re: Item 1: w/ unofficial RTs, you can misrepresent the original poster. Some1 reads your RT & doesnt check against the original tweet.

    • http://davidglarson.com Dave Larson

      Yes, there is nothing to stop folks from simply making up tweets, attributing them to others, etc. Fortunately, Twitter takes a hard line on accounts that do things like that and suspends many of them.

  • http://twitter.com/Z4chAnner Z4chAnner

    E.g.: RT @TweetSmarter @mistygirlph 9 Useless Things About Twitter Every User Must Know http://bit.ly/tRBeLl (Think this but more nefarious. Not a prob using Official RT)

  • http://www.evergreensearch.com Eric Siu

    +1 on the BufferApp recommendation. BufferApp is my go-to app for curating content. I don’t think I’ve seen anything as simple or as smooth.

    • http://davidglarson.com Dave Larson

      Yeah, Joel and Tom have done a great job developing BufferApp, and Leo has been awesome in getting the word out. A truly great app.

  • TheAntiM

    Under number 6 – On my computer, I just go straight through Twitter (no client or Buffer or anything) and I can easily tell whose accounts are protected. There’s a tiny padlock by the Tweet time.

    • http://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      Good tip. Thank you!

  • Frances

    Great post. I’m fairly new to Twitter and this post has helped me tremendously!

    • http://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      Thank you Frances!

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  • http://www.myvirtualproject.com Susi Schuele

    Great post with lots of very useful tips! I have been using Twitter for over 3 years now and there were a couple of tricks that even an “old dog” learned today! Thanks!

    • http://twitter.com/mistygirlph Misty Belardo

      Thank you Susi =)) Dave is our go to guy on Twitter, his experience and sharing has helped us and a lot of our Twitter friends.

  • Anonymous

    Great tips @TweetSmarter… now, if only @podjamtv would improve this post’s tweet button so they give credit to the site’s and your presence ~ ie. “9 Strange Things About Tweets, Retweets And DMs Every Twitter User Must Know | PodJam.tv by @TweetSmarter via @PodJamTV” ~ I mentioned that in one of my Social Media Pet Peeves Posts… http://dwaynekilbourne.com/2011/11/10/social-media-pet-peeve-not-optimizing-tweet-button/ ~~ back to the topic at hand, it is amazing just how many people start tweets off with a mention and still think that everybody will see it, especially on Follow Friday situations! Keep up the great content, Dave!

    • http://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      Interesting perspective Dwayne considering Dave’s article is a guest post. If you actually read the article you’d see we noted at the top of the article that Dave Larson from @TweetSmarter was the author as well as at the bottom of the post complete with his picture. Regardless of how the retweet was formatted, I don’t think anyone else was confused as to who the author was of this post except you.

      I also found it amusing that you wrote your comment like we weren’t even here. This is, after all, PodJam.tv. It’s perfectly okay to direct part of your comment to Dave directly but talk to us directly too if you have an observation or suggestion for us at PodJam.tv. Creative comments are always welcome. Thank you again for your interest and comment.

      • Anonymous

        Sorry if my comment was confusing with respect to what I meant by the term, credit! Dave Larson is the guest blogger for this post, and you did a great job of giving credit to him throughout! If you reference the link (example post on my blog) and my example within, I was referring to making sure that you (PodJam.tv) and any blogger / post author (internal or guest) got mentions via the tweet button on the post! Depending on how you setup the tweet button, you can add the appropriate Twitter profiles within the tweet so you garner an expanding following! If you look at my tweet of this great post, I added those components so both parties (you and Mr. Larson) received the added attention that was so deserved… but not everybody will do that, so I was just looking out and making my recommendations!

        • http://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

          Thank you Dwayne for the clarification. I appreciate your input and perspective regarding formatting of retweets and how it can expand your follower base. I understand where you’re coming from on this. Thank you again for your interest and taking the time to engage and comment. We truly appreciate it.

          • Anonymous

            No problem… one of my goals as a content sharer is to make sure that I direct people to get that good content… obviously, that starts with the webpage / post link, but I also love to tag (on FB) and mention (on Twitter) the source’s profile (links) are so people will immediately follow them… just try to be as handy as I can!

  • http://ClinicalPosters.com ClinicalPosters

    9. … or block the user to hide their repulsive tweets. ;)

  • http://www.robertbcairns.com/ Rob Cairns

    This is a great list and well put together. Thanks for sharing.

    • http://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      You’re welcome and thank you Rob!

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  • Carmen Michele

    I’m so glad you wrote this. I was clueless, as well, about the “.” :)

  • Stephanie

    Great article. I just have a few questions – Do you have to use DM@user for only that person to see it? If I just use @user, does that mean that everybody that follows me can see it also?

    Also, I thought #FF sent your tweet out to everybody to follow that person if I put that before the text along with the @user mention..is that not true?…maybe that’s only for the ppl looking at #FF search?

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  • Danadug

    I’ve been using Buffer for a few weeks and until two days ago was happy with it. But now it claims to have posted the tweets while it hasn’t. The schedule is not backed up three days worth of information. Beware.

  • http://twitter.com/akaCarioca Carlos

    Great post!

  • Guest

    thanks for that! A question though. Can a DM disappear without someone deleting it? As in accidentally? and how common is this? because it happened with one user quite a few times.

    • http://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      I suppose anything can happen with Twitter. It can get quite buggy at times so it wouldn’t surprise me that DM can get deleted accidentally.

  • http://twitter.com/rodeenas Rodeena

    Great tips!! Thank you so much for sharing this information.

    • http://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      Thank you!

  • http://aigendigitalmarketing.com Abel Pardo

    Very interesting, with some unknown facts that people usually don’t know about twitter. Congratulations for the post, Dave!

  • http://www.3hatscommunications.com/blog/ davinabrewer

    Didn’t know some of these, though I did a test of a ‘private’ DM on Google+ and same thing, it can be shared. The hidden RTs are annoying, and the hidden @name .. huh. Thanks for the tips.

  • http://twitter.com/billdouglas Bill Douglas

    Can you cover the topic of subtweets? Otherwise, great job and illuminating information.

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  • http://convercinema.tumblr.com Miles Maker

    #3 isn’t right:

    “if you want to write a tweet to let me know about somebody that I DON’T follow do NOT say something like “@user is great—everyone should follow them!” Because only the people that ALREADY follow @user will see it.”

    This isn’t right. The fact is, only the people who follow the person who tweeted it will see it.

    Thanks and Best wishes!

  • that confused chick

    Hey, i’m just wondering, i took the link on DM’s and i know they’re not gone, but, is it possible at all to see older DM messages? I know they haven’t been deleted, they’ve just been pushed back… So is it possible?

  • Karen Bice

    Great post, although I have a question about #9. (Looked for this issue in comments, but didn’t see it.). I’m curious as to why blocking and reporting unwanted tweets as spam wasn’t mentioned in this item. Usually, the unwanted tweets with my name mentioned are spam to me and when I block & report via TweetDeck, the tweet is removed immediately. Thanks.

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  • Antonia V.

    What happens with the DMs? Why do they disappear with the time?

    • http://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      It’s probably because the person sending your the DM has deleted it. Either person attached to a DM conversation can delete any messages that are part of that conversation regardless of who the sender is.

  • Jfelissaint

    Vthat was very useful.thank you.

  • http://twitter.com/wilkravitz billy kravitz

    How does twitter DECIDE whose tweets will appear on TWITTER SEARCH. Sometimes the same tweet appears on one site, but not another. What causes that?

    • http://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      Good question! I’ve noticed a lot of inconsistencies myself regarding Twitter search. It’s probably a better question for their user support folks.

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  • Joakindipe

    well appreciated.

    • http://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      Thank you!!

  • Razza92

    How can i save a picture or add a picture that someone has added of me on their twitter page?

    • http://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      Not sure if you can other then clicking on the link and taking a screen shot. Is that what you’re asking?

  • Grissyboy

    New to this twitter thing. If I post a tweet on another account, let’s say Joe Blows twitter, then I delete that post on my end, does Joe Blow still see it, or is it gone from the planet

    • http://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      It’s gone although it could still be viewable if it has been indexed by Google or other search engines as a cached entry.

  • Daniela

    about #9. if someone mentions me, that tweet is still linked to my account even if I change my username, is it possible to do something about it?

    • http://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      I don’t think there’s anything you can do unless you are the creator of the tweet. You can always block them from appearing in your timeline but that won’t delete the tweet.

  • @MsVartikaSingh

    Right next to my twitter username I see the words ‘follows you’ on my twitter iPhone app. How do I get rid of it please?

    • http://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      You can’t. That’s part of the user interface Twitter provides to let you know you follow that person when viewing their profile page. Hopes that helps. :-)

  • lauren

    I have a private twitter account and I have protected my tweets. But I really want the friends I have approved to be able to retweet my stuff. I’ve considered unprotecting my tweets but I’m scared my job or college will look at my profile and some of the stuff I’m tweeting is not ‘appropriate’. Is there an app that allows me to edit my tweets so that they can be retweeted??

    • http://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      I don’t think so. I believe it’s an either or situation regarding visibility of retweets. If your account is private, only those people who follow you will be able to see the retweet.

  • Johnnie

    Ι’ve got a question since I’me quite new to the twitter comunity. Yesterday I tweeted and 5 people retweeted me the ‘official way’. But when I click on my tweet it says that it got 3 retweets. and when I click on that link (which says 3 retweets) all 5 retweets appear. How can this be happening? Also in my interaction it shows that I heave only these 3 retweets. However,looking at those 5 people accounts my tweet appears in all of them. What’s wrong?sorry about my english.

    • http://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      Great question Johnnie. I always RT the old way. Twitter has always been a little inconsistent at best. I wouldn’t be surprised if this was a bug on Twitter’s end.

  • gary Markwick

    Every time I try to say thank you to a few new followers it wont allow me to do this anymore and can only do one at a time, where as before I had no problem.
    Any ideas

    • http://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      It might be a limitation of your Twitter client. You should be able to reply to multiple users in one tweet. You may have to insert the names manually.

  • http://twitter.com/kolargol Mathias Philippe

    Thank you Dave for these precisions, I’ve more difficulties on Twitter than on other networks so it’s really helpful.
    I also discovered Tweriod, looks to be a very smart tool.

  • TAY

    My tweets are protected…but others are still retweeting them…do you know how this is possible??!!!!! #help

    • http://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      People that follow you are able to retweet your tweets. It’s only people that don;t already follow you that don’t have access. I’m thinking that could be what you’re expereincing.

  • http://twitter.com/idilozkok idil özkök

    my tweets aren’t protected but still I can’t see my tweets for a trending topic in the TT timeline. what can be the problem?

    • http://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      Sounds like a Twitter search issue. You may want to file a support ticket with Twitter Support.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/sonjabultynck1 Sonja Bultynck

    FABulous, smart, clear & concise tips and techniques for TwitterToddlers! Very nice.

    • http://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      Thank you!

  • RDSharma

    How my tweet is re-tweeted by some one immediately after it is posted when we do not follow each other

    • http://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      That person probably has an automated script running to monitor certain keywords or topics and send a RT automatically.

  • Zette

    Why did my similar to…disappear?
    Any one else experience this?

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  • http://4LadyDi.blogpsot.com/ Lady Di

    I thank you for the time to put this together but I still have a couple questions I need clarity on.

    1) I have a private profile and putting “@” at the end of the sentence ONLY would allow my tweet to be seen by someone I follow but they do NOT follow me?

    2) What would the “.” and “>” do for my private profile?

    Thank you if you happen to have time to reply.

    • http://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      You need to put the “@” sign in front of the person’s Twitter handle to send a reply. Putting a “.” or “>” in front of the “@” when you send a reply will make it publicly visible since your tweet doesn’t begin with the “@” sign. Hope that makes sense.

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  • Koya

    I have a twitter list and im only able to see what people in the list tweet i cant see what they retweet but on my timeline their retweets are there but i want it to show up in my lists. Im following them but they don’t follow me.. Can this be the problem

    • http://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      You’ll see any retweets of your tweets. I believe you only see non-reply tweets in lists.

  • Felix

    Hi Dave, how is it possible for someone to tweet me or anyone else for that matter and yet the tweet does not appear in their tweet timeline?

  • Felix

    I’m posting this again on off chance I’ll get an answer.

    Hi Dave, how is it possible for someone to tweet me or anyone else for that matter and yet the tweet does not appear in their tweet timeline?

    • http://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      Hi Felix,

      Any time someone replies to you, it should appear in their timeline as a sent tweet. It will also appear in your timeline unless you blocked that person. Hope that helps.

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  • code9

    Hi, that’s great, but I have got a question;

    I read this tweet :

    “Oh people who unfollow due to RT’s. Its like you don’t even see the drop down menu that allows you to turn them off thats on everyones page.”

    by @joeldanger (16 / 6 / 2013)

    Is this true? Or is this some previously unidentified species of sarcasm, ‘cos I can’t find it. Or is it only available to people with upgraded, paid for twitter, what’s it called, super extra pro-active twitter with Aloe Vera and a happy ending?


    • http://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      People unfollow for a variety of reason. It’s best you ask them directly.

    • LisaPizza

      no its true! you can turn off RT’s. You have to go to the page of the person who is annoying you with all their RTs and click the gear thingy to the right of the follow button. There is a menu where you can choose ‘Turn off Retweets’

  • Summer

    I just returned from Mexico. When I was there I turned my phone on airplane mode and roamin off and stuff like that. When I got home I turned everything back to normal, but I can’t send tweets unless I’m in my house? Can you explain/help me fix it??

    • http://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      Sounds like an issue with your cellphone carrier. I’d also try a complete shutdown and restart of your phone. Also try signing out of Twitter and signing back in. If you use a Twitter app, try deleting and reinstalling.

  • Frances Woods

    How can I delete all old tweets and retweets from my timeline all at once? I’ve tried some of the apps and they don’t work.

    • http://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      Twitter has gotten more strict recently regarding use of their API for such third party services. You may have to delete tweets individually or just delete your entire account.

  • WhenTweetta

    On my “Home” page, I get only the retweets of a particular person I’m following. There was one mention for my handle by that and that too disappeared from the “Connect” tab. Someone please tell me what’s causing this.

  • The Reel Twitic

    Why do I get suspended for tweeting @ people about their comments on tv shows that I find by searching hash tags? Why use hash tags if you don’t want attention or conversation? Also if I only retweeted them wield I be better off or could that still get me in trouble?

    • http://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

      I’m sure there’s probably more to the story than just tweeting at people using hashtags that’s causing you to get suspended. A simple reply or retweet shouldn’t get you suspended by itself.

  • Kshitij

    I see some user profiles wherein they are able to hide tweets about any conversations they have with anybody from their own timeline (even if I visit their twitter page I cannot see the conversation tweets, but all other tweets which the user has ‘normally’ tweeted are visible. How can I achieve this?

  • Billy Kravitz

    now how can we make people comment on our blogs and compel a whole lot a talent/lit agents to fight over us/ …figured you’d know.

  • Billy Kravitz

    I have no idea what’s in my feed reader. I have no idea what it means to subscribe to an RSS. Think I MIGHT have done so in past but can’t recall how.. Web is basically TOO detailed and cumbersome… at least for the digitally dumb like me.

  • AggieWife

    If you RT by mistake, can you delete it and if you can, will the person who originally tweeted be notified anyway that you RT their tweet?

  • chantelle

    I have a question pls I set my Twitter account to private but now I want to make it public because my followers can retweet me.pls how do I set da account to public

  • Monica F. Pratt

    Hi, I had just joined twitter. My question is, how do I know if I am being blocked? I am following this person and when I tweet to the person, I can see the tweet in my tweets. How do I know if the person is actually getting my tweets or blocking them? I haven’t gotten a response from this person yet…I see the person’s tweets and reply to them but then I don’t get anything back…Thanks!

  • Susan

    Hello Dave I really like your blog.

    You see due to strict working policies I’ve made my twitter account a protected one.

    So, I have a couple of questions. If I @ mention someone directly and such person is not following me back, will this person be able to read my tweet at his/her mentions feed?

    I’m really confused. Hope you can help me out. And give a conclusive answer. because there’s a lot of divided opinions on the matter. And the weird thing is that sometimes I get the clear feeling that they are getting my tweets, regardless.

    Also does it changes anything if the person in question for instance has a verified account?

    Thanks a lot.

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  • http://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

    You got me. I’ve never experienced that.

  • http://podjam.tv Marty McPadden

    Unless you’re being blocked by that person, your replies to that person should stay on their timeline.

  • trudy

    yes, that’s my point: they “should,” but often, they don’t. Sometimes, as I described, they show for a minute or two, and then disappear. I have seen that others have asked this question online, but I (and they) have so far not found any answers.
    I am a “follower” of the two people whose timeline sometimes disappears my tweet, so it’s clear I’m not blocked. they have in fact replied to a couple of my tweets since then…and also since then, some of my tweets have continued to not show up at all.

  • Anonnymouse

    This happens to me, too. As I understand it, the person you reply to *can* see your tweet under their ‘interactions’ tab.

    Where the real problem lies, in my mind, is that if anyone clicks ‘expand’ underneath the original tweet, your reply does not appear – even if other replies do. (And yeah, it’s not related to ‘tweet overload’ – there might be ONLY two replies, both showing, you make your reply, and as soon as you refresh the page (or even view the page logged out), your reply vanishes – yet the other two remain. Sometimes others will reply after you – and those replies will also stick, while yours does not.)

    Most bloggers that people have reached out to for help on this issue, don’t seem to understand that there are TWO frustrations. 1) yeah, people worry that the ‘recipient’ of the reply isn’t seeing the tweet – this is not the case, they still can through ‘interactions’, as far as I know. 2) the bigger problem in my mind is that RANDOM OTHER LURKING PEOPLE who like to click the ‘expand’ button in order to see whole conversations and responses to an original tweet, will NEVER see your reply within the context of that conversation. (And it’s debatable whether they see it in a search, either.)

    What this does, is give the effect that you are tweeting/replying out into empty space – people who might otherwise enjoy your witty reply, and therefore follow you, are NEVER EVEN SEEING YOU.

    It feels like a Twitter shunning, like Twitter doesn’t want anyone to play with you – and there’s no rhyme or reason that anyone can figure out.

    Marty, does that help you to understand the issue?

  • trudy

    yeah, i would much prefer to be able to read all responses to an interesting conversation starter. so far, i’ve seen no rhyme, reason, or consistency in what gets “disappeared” and what stays.