The BIG Functionality Change in This Small Twitter Update


Laura Roeder here with a quick update for you. So Twitter has recently change over here the, what used to be called the @replace tab and then change the functionality in a really important way. And I want to make sure that you understand. So this used to say @replies meaning only people who replied to you, but now it says @ and then it says your name. For me it says @lkr.

Now let’s click on it to see the difference. So when it was @replies, you would only see the messages that started with your name like these that start with @lkr. But it used to be that you would miss messages that had your name anywhere else; such as read Tweets or people putting your name in the middle of the message.

So now, when you click @lkr, @ your name on the side bar you can see all the messages that mention your name anywhere in there. I think it’s a great change, you no longer have to do a separate search for your name just clicking on that one side bar, and you will make sure you will not miss people say to you or about you.

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About Laura Roeder

Laura Roeder is a social media marketing expert who gives businesses of all sizes the tools they need to make their mark on the web. She is the creator of the social media scheduling software Edgar, as well as social media marketing web courses like Creating Fame and Social Brilliant.


  1. I really like your nice succinct explanations of these kinds of things. Do you know anything about why Twitter decided to make this particular change?

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  2. There was actually a HUGE functionality hole that this change addresses. The @replies tab was meant as a way to see other people who were talking to you, yet if I wrote a tweet that said “Hey @carly check this out” you wouldn’t see it. The tab used to show ONLY messages that started with your name. So the only way to see all the messages addressed to you was to do a manual search of your twitter name. Now the tab shows every mention of your name, no matter where it lies in the tweet.