A Little Known Way To Share Your Twitter Conversations With Everyone

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twitter Remember when you could see everyone’s conversation with anyone? Now that’s only the case if you follow both parties of the conversation. Otherwise, it’s completely cut off to you. It was so much easier and efficient to make a new connection everyday back then. And if you’ve been paying attention to Twitter lately, then you’re aware that those long lost conversations are starting to make a comeback.

The New Dot Movement

I think Twitter really underestimates the power of its community sometimes. These days Twitter users are starting to share many ways circumvent a lot of Twitter’s dysfunctional tweeting standards. Take for example how people on Twitter are  starting to put a period (.) right before replying to someone. They’ve started doing this so everyone can keep up with valuable conversations that they’re having. Here’s a better example via a recent tweet of mine:
.@AieshaDot Example tweet of the shortcut to show Twitter replies to everyone who’s following you –  http://bit.ly/8OghhO
With Twitter’s default, and unchangeable settings, no one has been able to see conversations between folks if they aren’t following both parties. This used to be one of the most effective ways to make naturally be introduced to new connections and conversations surrounding a business or topic.

Trusted Network, Not A Vacuum

Now, we’re kind of stuck in our own vacuums, so to speak. We hear the same people all day everyday. While there’s nothing wrong with continually developing those relationships, it’s equally important to engage with new connections from by a trusted personal network of people handpicked by you. The new dot movement is bringing that back to Twitter. Are you dotting your tweets? Recommended Twitter Reads:
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  • http://www.prscoup.com Gabe Chesman

    This is a great little trick. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  • http://twistedfirestarter.cz MadCiapka

    Ehm, and what about the lost context? When you place the “dot” (or anything else) before the @reply in web interface, the link to the original post is lost -> it's no longer traceable to the source. If you add the dot in some 3rd party clients and the “in reply to” functionality stays functional, then the “dot hack” stop working, because Twitter doesn't give a shit about the dot itself -> it will not show up to other users, because it's a reply to someone, whom they do not follow. Btw, I don't consider this to be a bad thing, I had never been interested in replies to strangers even when there was a option to see them. But I do think, that the solution – no options, just this “default” is a wrong move nevertheless.

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  • JamesR404

    I really don't like Twitter's new @ policy, but I can't start dotting my tweets; because my plugins which transfer the tweets to Facebook, MSN and Hyves are set to ignore tweets starting with @<username>, and that's something I want to keep (there's no point broadcasting your conversation to your other social networks, at least not for me)

  • JamesR404

    I really don't like Twitter's new @ policy, but I can't start dotting my tweets; because my plugins which transfer the tweets to Facebook, MSN and Hyves are set to ignore tweets starting with @<username>, and that's something I want to keep (there's no point broadcasting your conversation to your other social networks, at least not for me)

    Why doesn't Twitter allow it's end users to configure if they want to see the @ replies to unknown people or not? I think it's a great way to possibly chime in on a conversation. They could even leave the default to “no” if that's what they want so badly.

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