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When I do a tweet starting by @AnotherUser like this:

@AnotherUser Hello I would like to tell you that ...

will the tweet appear in the timeline of my followers?

If so, it would be annoying because the goal is to do a "Direct message" to someone. (Why don't I do a Direct message? Because you cannot do a direct message to someone who doesn't follow you.)

2

will the tweet appear in the timeline of my followers?

Assuming it's a new tweet, your followers and the followers of the person you're mentioning will see it.

If it's an actual reply, only those people who follow you and that person you're replying to will see it.

A note: You can direct message someone who doesn't follow you if they've turned on the "Anyone Can send messages" feature.


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  • Thanks for clarifying this. Do you have a source about 1st and 2nd sentences? (maybe a link can be useful for future ref). – Basj Sep 22 '17 at 12:59
  • the followers of the person you're mentioning will see it, this is confusing me, I guess if the mentioned person do not retweet or quote the tweet his/her followers will not see it. If he/she reply on the tweet it will only seen in tweets & replies section until he/she self retweet. – serenesat Sep 22 '17 at 14:14
  • @serenesat: It is confusing, especially since they just changed the criteria for who sees what just last year. That's why you used to see .@username replies, so that the tweet would be visible to more people. – ale Sep 22 '17 at 14:22

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