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Twitter Guide For Authors & Illustrators > Promotion and Marketing > Is it ok to use "@" to get someone to look at my post?

Index of topics: Main Twitter Guide For Writers & Illustrators page. To go back to my blog for kidlit/YA writers and illustrators, see Inkygirl. You can find me on Twitter at @inkyelbows (focus: writing and illustrating children's books) and @DebbieOhi (livetweets, chat, photos, personal ramblings). Also see my list of Other Useful Twitter Guides For Authors And Illustrators and Twitter Lists of: agents who represent kidlit/YAkidlit/YA editors, children's book art/creative directors and K-12/teen librarians on Twitter.

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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. 


Related FAQ entries:

What is a mention?

How can I use hashtags to promote my book?

Last updated on February 26, 2014 by Debbie Ridpath Ohi