Here's a tweeting tip from social media coach Alexis Grant:
Ninety percent of your tweets should include an @mention. That’s right – nearly 100 percent. Nearly all your tweets. Why? Because it helps people notice you.
Whenever you include someone else’s @handle in your tweet, that tweet shows up in their @mentions feed. Which means they’ll read your tweet. Which means they might click on your @handle to find out more about you. Which means they might follow you back.
And guess what happens if they follow you back? That opens a line for private communication via direct message, which is pretty much GOLD for your networking efforts.
A tweet without an @mention is a missed opportunity. Here are a few examples:
You went out for coffee with an esteemed editor, and tweeted about it without including the editor’s @handle. Missed opportunity.
You read a helpful blog post, and tweeted about it without @mentioning the author or publication. Missed opportunity.
You shared a stellar article you wrote, without @mentioning the sources you quoted. Missed opportunity.
Twitter is all about connecting. If you’re not using @mentions, you’re not connecting directly with other users, and the people you’re talking about probably aren’t going to notice you.They don't call it a social medium for nothing.