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Q. Is it ok to use "@" to get someone to look at my post?
If you're replying to someone to be part of a conversation, then yes.
In the example above, Harold has publicly replied to me. Adding my Twitter id to the beginning of his tweet means that his reply will appear in my Interactions feed.
This is one of the main reasons the @/mention exists on Twitter.
NEVER use @ as a mass-tweeting tool. Posting the same tweet over and again but using @ to tag multiple people is spamming.
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Last updated on February 26, 2014 by Debbie Ridpath Ohi