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If someone leaves a comment on my post and I want to reply back to them, how can I make sure they get my reply? In Twitter you append an at symbol to the front of their name to create an @reply message. Is there an equivalent in Google+? If so, how do I reply to a specific comment?

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Ampersand is "&". "@" is "at". Not sure if it has a better name than that. (Hey, that rhymed!) – Adam Jul 19 '11 at 15:09
On another note, replying in G+ seems similar: you start with @ and then auto-complete for the names of people who commented should kick in. I've seen it not always work as expected, though, so I'm not going to post this as an answer. – Adam Jul 19 '11 at 15:10
@Anna: Thanks for the correction, and the answer. That did work. I kept looking for any kind of button or link when I should have just tried it. :) – Bill the Lizard Jul 19 '11 at 15:13
Using the @ should work exactly the same as using + as it appears to convert it to + anyway. – codingbadger Jul 19 '11 at 15:29
up vote 17 down vote accepted

If you start your comment off with a + or an @ it starts to autofill the user's name. So if you wanted to respond to me you would do +Jorge or @Jorge and then autocomplete.

The person you are responding to then gets a notification in their Plus toolbar thing:

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You can also set the settings to enable notification via mail and Phone (though that can get spammy in my experience).

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Note: @ also brings up the autocomplete box – Sathya Jul 19 '11 at 18:06

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