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Twitter's Greatest Addition: The @

Monday, April 7th, 2008

Many of us in the tech field, as well as many other fields, have become ever-so-used to using the @ syntax to reply to a user. I realized tonight that as I have been responding to my blog comments I've been using the @ symbol as a way to determine which user I am responding to, and didn't even realize I was doing so until after a few replies. The more I thought about it, the bigger of a deal I realized it was.

Twitter has created a great thing here, with bigger waves then most of us realize... and I love it. It has created a great standard among blogging, socialthing, friendfeed, and a host of others... not to mention, of course, Twitter. But this could carry further then just social sites... think of how much easier it would be to follow all blog comments with @ symbols, forum posts without having to program a user to specifically respond by clicking a thread, and there are countless other uses as well. Many sites have already started doing this.

I think it is starting to take off as a standard, and I hope that it continues to do so.

All things start small, anyone remember the use of "www" before domain names? The trend that came and went... I mean... no it didn't.

If you have any other uses for the @ symbol, let me know!

@Tom out.


Tom said on Monday, April 7th, 2008 @ 7:57 PM

Feel free to add me on Twitter to, @nerdyhearn.

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