How to Start a Conversation on Twitter

Last updated: January 15, 2017 - 2:01pm EST

Twitter is a great way to have short conversations with your followers. You can start a conversation or reply to an mention. It’s like sending a short email – that’s public, keep in mind – to one of your friends. Comment on someone’s post, make plans, and so much more by having a Twitter conversation.

Starting a Conversation

Starting a conversation on Twitter is easy. Simply compose a new tweet (see our How to Tweet tutorial if you need help) and mention someone in your Twitter post. This way, they’ll receive a notification of your mention and will be able to respond.

Replying in Conversations

If someone has already mentioned you in a tweet, or if someone posted a tweet that you’d like to respond to, you have the option to reply to that tweet.  Here's how to do it.

  1. Find the tweet you’d like to respond to. Once you’ve found it, select Reply at the bottom.

  2. Twitter will take the guesswork out of finding their Twitter handle and will include the mention automatically.  From there, just click inside the composition box, type your response, and click Tweet.

  3. Your home page, also known as your Twitter feed or timeline, will show your response. You can click View Conversation to see the previous messages in the conversation.

  4. To close up the conversation and only see the most recent tweet in the conversation, click Hide Conversation.

And that's how you have a conversation on Twitter!


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