“They’re probably replying to a tweet of yours and what happens is @CarsonDaly is going to show at the front of that tweet, meaning only you and the people that follow that person and you will see that tweet. If they put a dot in front of it, it makes it public,” Armstrong explained.
“Other people can still see it though, don’t get confused,” he continued. “It’s just that the dot is really meant for when you’re publicly trying to get someone’s attention and also make sure that everyone can see the tweet.”
Have you ever favorite a tweet, but not really understood why you’re doing it? We’ve been clicking on that darn star to boost our buddies’ egos, but Armstrong says there’s an actual use behind flagging certain tweets.
“There are 500 million tweets per day that are being thrown around out there, so most people use it as a means to come back to something that they saw, maybe a link, maybe a book, maybe you guys were doing something crazy on the radio and you want to hear that later. They just can’t consume it now. They’ll favorite it so they can come back to it.”
Well there you have it! Mystery solved.
Armstrong is a digital lifestyle expert who is a regular contributor on the TODAY show and has also made appearances on CNN, NPR, and other various media outlets. Learn more about Mario Armstrong by checking out his website or follow him on Twitter: @MarioArmstrong