Does anyone know when Twitter started spontaneously adding @mentions to tweets?
Some time over the past month I’ve noticed that Twitter has been adding my Twitter handle to conversations that reference a link to this blog. I’ve found no press coverage mentioning that Twitter has added this feature/bug, but I can report that I’ve seen the feature on an intermittent basis.
Do you see how there’s a tweet with a link, and then I am referenced in the tweet that responds to the tweet with the link?
That @mention is inserted by Twitter, not the user.
For some unknown reason, Twitter has decided that users who don’t know me or follow me obviously intended to include me in a conversation they’re having with someone else.
I am not at all bothered by this, but I am puzzled and would like to know more. And since I don’t know anything about it, I thought I would post an open question (with the goal of also helping other people who are as confused as I).
Does anyone know when Twitter added this feature?
What do you think of it?
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