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I've been racking my brain trying to figure out why people do this. I first noticed it on YouTube but have seen it other places too. When one person is commenting on another person's comment they'll put @ right in front of the other person's user name when identifying them in a comment. I know there must be a good reason for it, but WHAT IS IT? I won't sleep until I know! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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"at"<br><br>
as in "this comment is directed solely at"
 

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But wouldn't that be implied when you start the comment with their user name? Because it's not like everyone else is NOT going to read that comment because it has the @, lol. Interesting... Just thinking out loud here. Thanks, thixle!
 

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I think the @whoever started on Twitter. Yes everyone else could read it, but the message would automatically show up on the @ed person's twitter page so they would be sure to notice it.<br><br>
Now on Facebook it does the same thing you can @woodchick and it notifies me that someone is talking about me.
 

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On You Tube if you reply to someones comment it will automatically put that at the beginning.
 

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@woodchick, I did not know that about Facebook, do you happen to know how people do the "via Username" thing when they repost?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">@woodchick, I did not know that about Facebook, do you happen to know how people do the "via Username" thing when they repost?</div>
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Okay. Say someone has posted an article that they like. You like it too and want to repost it. There should be a button nearby that says 'share' (or something). When you go to share it it will give you a box to write the 'status' that goes with it. It should also say at the top 'via woodchick'. I believe there is an option to opt out, but otherwise it will be there when you post.<br><br>
I've only reposted once or twice, but I think that is how it was!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think the @whoever started on Twitter. Yes everyone else could read it, but the message would automatically show up on the @ed person's twitter page so they would be sure to notice it.<br><br>
Now on Facebook it does the same thing you can @woodchick and it notifies me that someone is talking about me.</div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">On You Tube if you reply to someones comment it will automatically put that at the beginning.</div>
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NOW it makes sense! Thanks, folks! I knew what @ meant, just couldn't figure out why people were doing that. The interwebs are amazing!
 
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