How to Contact People on Twitter

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How to Contact People on Twitter
Twitter is a microblogging network where you can publicly or privately contact someone. (e-mail simbol image by vladislav susoy from

Contacting people on Twitter can be done two different ways. You can either send someone a public message or tweet that includes his handle with the "@" sign before it, or you can send him a personal direct message that only he can see when he logs in to his account. Before you can contact someone, you must first know his Twitter handle. You can find this by simply searching for the person by full name or e-mail address.

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    Find the person's Twitter handle. You can do this by logging in to your Twitter account with the handle and password that you chose when you signed up for an account. This will bring you to the home page, where you can find the search bar on the right side of the screen. Type in the person's full name or e-mail address to find her account handle.

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    Put an "@" symbol in front of the account handle when tweeting a message to send it to the person you want to contact publicly. For example, if my Twitter handle is Twitter 123, you would write @Twitter123 then your message. Once you have formed this message as a tweet, click "Tweet," and your message will appear in your timeline and will go to the person you want to contact.

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    Put a "d," then a space, then the Twitter handle if you would like to direct message someone. When you do this, only she can see the message you want to send. You do not need to add an "@" in front of the Twitter handle to direct message. For example, if my Twitter handle was Twitter 123, you would type "d Twitter 123," then your message. You will notice as you hit the space after the "d" that the message above the tweet box will change to "direct message:." This is how you can be sure that you are sending a private message.

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