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Twitter: the difference between Reply and Mention

You’ve just read your friend Mary’s most recent comment on Twitter and you want to respond to what she said.

If you use Mary’s twitter handle – @MaryLx6, say – within a tweet that you write then where in the tweet that her handle appears determines who will see it.

  • If it appears as the first item of the tweet then Twitter regards the tweet as a reply.
  • If it appears within the text of the tweet it is regarded as a mention.

Replies and mentions are handled differently – they are displayed to different people.

Here’s a couple of examples:

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