The @Reply on Twitter is a variant form of the @Mention.
The distinction between the two is a subtle one.
Rule: all @Replies are also @Mentions, but not all @Mentions need be @Replies
So ‘Thanks for the link @username’ is both an @Mention and an @Reply
But ‘I saw a great Tweet from @username on patient advocacy’ is only an @Mention
Twitter’s official definition of an @Reply is ‘any update posted by clicking the “Reply” button on another Tweet‘.
In order to post an @Reply automatically using the Twitter interface, the following procedure should be used:
- Find the Tweet you want to reply.
- Hover over the Tweet and click Reply.
- Add the message to be Tweeted in the box that will pop up, and click
In order to post an @Reply manually use a Twitter client such as TweetDeck.