Digging Through Twitter's History: Origin of the @Reply


Sun, Jul 15th, 2012 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

Anarchogeek takes us through Twitter's past to discover why people start putting @ at the beginning of people's names instead of at the end as in an email address.

To start with the @ was used in twitter as a kind of checkin, to say where you are. The very first was by Ev, checking in to herbivore to tell us he's getting a breakfast burrito. Twitter was only 4 days old when this convention started.



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