Posts Tagged ‘twitter mentions’
Many users (ahem) have been pushing for filters on Twitter since way back, as they’d be a really useful way to find signal amongst what, let’s face it, can be an awful amount of noise amongst all those tweets, especially during busy periods.
Good news! As of yesterday, Twitter has started rolling out filters in mentions. The catch? This is another feature only for verified accounts. You know, Twitter’s rich and famous.
Did you know that, “on average, only 3% of tweets referencing companies carry the “@” symbol?”
What does this mean for your brand? If your company’s social engagement relies on being notified by Twitter when you get an @mention, you’re going to miss A LOT of tweets. Most of them, actually.
It’s time to learn how to listen better on Twitter.
And this study from Conversocial will show you just how dire the situation really is.
Every time your username is tagged on Twitter with the @ symbol (and assuming you haven’t blocked the user), it works its way to your mentions folder (which is located under the Connect tab on Twitter.com).
Mentions used to be known as ‘replies’ – way back when, this referred to tweets that started with a @username. What’s often confusing for new users is that Twitter handles tweets that start with @username differently than it does those that place the @username somewhere else. It’s a subtle difference, but an important one.
If you’re one of many using Twitter’s official iPhone app, you’ll likely have noticed that your @mentions have not been updating properly over the past couple of days, with many users seeing no new updates at all in their Connect folder.
This is obviously very frustrating. Twitter is aware of the bug and working on a permanent solution. In the meantime, here’s how to resolve the issue yourself.
I know lots of folks have been wanting this for a while – push notifications are here for Twitter For iPhone.
Whenever an account that you follow mentions you, you’ll immediately receive a notification. You’ll know who is talking to or about you on Twitter, and you’ll be able to continue the conversation in real-time. Notifications for @mentions will initially be available on SMS and on the latest version of Twitter for iPhone, which you can download today from the App Store.
In addition to @mentions, we’re also bringing push notifications for Messages to Twitter for iPhone, as we’ve already done with SMS and Twitter for Blackberry. We’re working hard to introduce this feature to Twitter for Android and Twitter for Windows Phone soon.
To turn on SMS notifications, go to twitter.com/devices and check the boxes under “Text message notifications”. You can change your notifications settings at any time. For example, text “set mentions all’ to turn on notifications for @mentions from everyone, rather than just those whom you follow, and ‘set mentions off’ to turn off @mentions notifications.
This isn’t an important update for me and unless you can configure them on a per-user basis I’ll never have push notifications on – it’s just too much, especially on some days when I can get hundreds of mentions, and I’m on and checking Twitter enough to not need a prompt, even when I’m out and about. God only knows what it must be like if you have millions of followers – your iPhone would never stop.
(Source: Twitter blog.)