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Pull people into your conversation with @mentions

Posted by Michael Calvert on May 06, 2011 • ... comments

I’m excited to introduce a new feature we’ve just rolled out called Disqus @mentions. @mentions allows you to pull people into new conversations by mentioning them in your comments.
Before @mentions, commenting threads were an island. There wasn’t a way to reach out to people who weren’t already participating. Now with @mentions, you can call out your friends or friendly social media gurus, and get them involved in the conversation.

To begin using @mentions, just type the @ symbol and then continue typing the name of the person you’d like to mention. As you type you will see a drop down list of suggested users to choose from. The drop down is smart; it will update with increasingly accurate suggestions the further you type.

Notice that there are two groups of suggested users, labeled “in this conversation” and “elsewhere”. The in this conversation category represents users that exist in the current thread. Users in the elsewhere category are folks who are not in the current thread.

We support mentioning Disqus and Twitter usernames in the elsewhere category. This is a way to mention people directly on Disqus or Twitter when they don’t exist in the current conversation. Disqus users will receive an email notifying them of their mention, while Twitter users will get a friendly @mention from our spiffy Twitter bot.

If you have NADD like me, you’ve stopped reading this long ago and tried to mention all of your friends :-) Let us know what you think, feedback is always appreciated. Happy mentioning.

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