When you publish something on social media, you want people to see it. However, it might not be clear where your tweets, retweets, and mentions are going. If that’s the case, this guide should help you make sense of it all.
- Regular tweets: Your normal, average tweet. You know that big blue button that says ‘Tweet’ on it? That makes a tweet. You will see these on your profile page and your Home timeline. It will also appear on the Home timeline of anyone who follows your profile.
- Retweets: When you share a tweet, it’s called making a retweet. Retweets will appear on the Home timeline of anyone who follows your profile. If someone else retweets your tweet, it will appear on the home timeline of all of their followers.
- Mentions: When you want to refer to a Twitter profile, you write ‘@’ in front of their profile name, and they will be mentioned in your tweet. This will appear on your profile page. It will also appear in the mentions and notifications tab of the mentioned profile. And it will appear in their Home timeline if they are following the sender of the tweet.
- Replies: Any tweet that starts with a mention and is a response to an already existing tweet is a reply. This will appear on your profile page. They behave like mentions, so they will appear in the mentions and notifications tab of the mentioned profile and in their Home timeline if they are following the sender.
This is who will see what tweets and where they’ll see them. It may seem confusing at first, but it’s easy to understand once you start doing it yourself. Of course, we can’t guarantee that all these people that get your tweets, retweets, mentions, or replies will see them. Some people will just ignore it or miss it by chance. If you want to maximize how many people see your tweet, you have to find the best times to post first.