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Q. How do I send a message to someone that is not following me?

A. If a Twitter user is not following you, you cannot send him or her a direct message, so you must send that user a public reply.  This is done bt starting  your tweet with the "@" symbol, then the user's Twitter name.  Enter a space, then your message.


@thepodcast You guys are the greatest in the world, I love you dearly.

We will see this when we check our "mentions" in Twitter, we will see this message.

Note: Technically, you don't need to start the message with the nickname - it can be anywhere in the tweet.

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a guest said on Wednesday, July 28th 2010 @ 9:21 PM:

I don't understand. if they are not following you, your tweet will not show up for them to see...will it?


a guest said on Saturday, March 19th 2011 @ 11:20 PM:

I don't understand why they do this? How do you get somebody to follow us

a guest said on Friday, April 1st 2011 @ 9:25 PM:

Can I post a picture to someone I am following, but does not follow me? If yes, how can i do it?

a guest said on Thursday, April 28th 2011 @ 12:54 PM:

Twitter suxxx

a guest said on Wednesday, June 15th 2011 @ 2:44 PM:

So if I reply to a public comment from ladygaga for instance it is possible that she will see it? I am not sure I understand...

a guest said on Sunday, July 3rd 2011 @ 9:05 PM:

Dave, it is unlikely that someone as large as ladygaga would see it directly, or indirectly, because this is a common tactic. Plus, she probably has a staff member manage her twitter account, it is unlikely she does more than step into it every now and then.

a hint, if you type in:

. @ladygaga

As I understand it thus far this will send it to everyone following @ladygaga. In the case of @repiles in general, on my main account, still small by comparison to many, with close to 10K followers it puts me in the top 1% of Twitter users. As well, I check my @ replies daily. The timeline feature is over 1K an hour on an average day, and the DM are around 500 to greater than 1K a day, so its impossible for me to keep up at this level. However, my @replies are still reasonable by comparison and typically 100-250 a day, so I can manage those.

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a guest said on Sunday, July 17th 2011 @ 5:00 PM:

if u write about someone famous but they not following you thant meens they cant see it so theres no point writing it OMG its so stupid it should be like facebook you send them a request themn they accept it not following cos famous people harly ever fallow you :(!

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a guest said on Tuesday, July 26th 2011 @ 11:59 PM:

I was watching Sanjay Gupta on CNN and he said to send comments to @sanjayguptaCNN. I tried to send a comment starting with @sanjayguptaCNN, but it would not work because he is not a follower of me (no duh). Why is this so difficult?

a guest said on Monday, August 22nd 2011 @ 1:08 AM:

Why do people say "Send us a message on twitter" at ..... if I can't sed to someone not following me. This seems dumb. It should be simpler

a guest said on Friday, August 26th 2011 @ 9:19 PM:

Ahh well almost everytime you use a mention and type to someone,they never reply back to you,twitter should fix it and make the messaging like facebooks..I understand the because of spamming etc,but its a private message,shud be able to message someone famous u like without them following you,they have so many followers and follow very little,you should be able to message them. it's annoying,half the people make a twitter account to talk to the celebs they like and not many get followed back or messaged..whats the point!

a guest said on Monday, November 7th 2011 @ 1:06 AM:

@peter: You can send a mention if you want to reply to direct message!

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a guest said on Friday, December 2nd 2011 @ 12:49 AM:

twitter sucks. you cant send a message to someone who does not follow you. I am not talking about famous people. If you ask a question they are in the same boat they can not answer it.
I just do not get it.

a guest said on Monday, December 26th 2011 @ 7:25 PM:

I use to love twitter but now i don't. I didn't know that what y'all call" famous","celebrities" I call them human being does not see my tweets if they are not following me. Such a waste i don't understand y be a fan and support something and u don't exist in there book. I wonder of celebrities had no fans would they still be famous?

a guest said on Tuesday, March 13th 2012 @ 9:31 PM:

hmm.. Yes same here the only problem is there is this girl that i really want to give my number too. but she is so busy that she never checks her mentions. how would i get her attention to see my tweet? Without spamming of course.

a guest said on Friday, January 18th 2013 @ 6:24 AM:

I have tryed that but it hasnot woked what do i do now

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a guest said on Sunday, February 10th 2013 @ 10:13 PM:

I'vd been trying to figure this out also-if you send a message to say "@Susan", then all of "Susan"'s followers see your message?

And if you share a common interest in "Susan", they may decide to follow you, or you them? Is that it?????

a guest said on Sunday, February 24th 2013 @ 7:13 PM:

If you send a messages with @blablabla the user will see your message in his "connection" tab.

Eva Hart
a guest said on Friday, March 8th 2013 @ 1:09 PM:

Please include how to do a regular post of tweets and menus are so different thus hard to get correct instruction. Please show where to start tweet with correct menus. The gear function is not on all phones.

a guest said on Thursday, July 25th 2013 @ 9:44 AM:

i can't understand on mention please setisfy me on it

Feyi Setan
a guest said on Thursday, August 15th 2013 @ 12:35 PM:


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a guest said on Tuesday, August 27th 2013 @ 6:15 AM:

Please tell me that if my tweets are protected and I mention someone in my tweet who is not following me..can he see my tweet??

a guest said on Friday, September 13th 2013 @ 8:32 AM:

The above mention thngs r ma pblms 2............ wats gng on twitter........... if we cant msg 2 smeone who s nt following us......den y dere s a need 4 dis twitter.......usually i tried 2 chat wth a celebrity and ofcrse he s nt following hw can i mke cntact wth him........dere shld want sme remedy 4 dis.............. hw can we contact dem??????? pls.......................anyone clarify dis..... i wld b so pleased if anyne can............

a guest said on Monday, September 23rd 2013 @ 10:40 PM:

What if a person is not following me, but my tweets show up on their twitter page, even after I log out. I see my tweets on their page. Also there is no re tweet, but the person shows up on my time line, it's not retweeted. When I look to see if they are following me, nope!
Can their be a hidden follower?

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a guest said on Saturday, January 10th 2015 @ 10:39 AM:

When I've sent a tweet to a particular person who is not following me, its already got the @blablabla, so I type my message and send but it doesnt come up on his time line at all so does that mean he is not receiving it????

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