LearnThe standardization of the @mention

writes on March 24, 2011

GitHub has just released the ability to @mention other GitHubbers, which will notify them via email (you can turn off notifications if they get annoying). I think this is a great feature but what’s more interesting is the standardization around the @mention model.

As many of you already know, this idea was introduced by Twitter users in 2006, as a way to mention other Twitter users. More and more folks did this and Twitter quickly rolled out support by linking up these @mentions users Twitter profile.

Fast forward to 2011 and this model is being copied by many new startups (including GitHub and Facebook). It’s good for the web industry when these simple user-generated standards become adopted across many apps.

6 Responses to “The standardization of the @mention”

  1. Nanadavid Desuza on March 29, 2011 at 9:47 am said:

    Interesting feature added. It will enhance its usability.

  2. I’d argue that the @Mention was in use in places like IRC far before twitter popularized it.

    • Hey Andrew. You might be correct, but it gained mass-adoption through Twitter.

      • Perhaps the article wording should reflect that.

        As Andrew says, @username has been used for years and years in IRC and on forums too. I’d give the credit to the Twitter programmers for picking up on it and giving it real functionality.

        Twitter has really brought new meaning to @ and # characters.

        • Agreed. Twitter made @username popular, so maybe I’m arguing semantics.

          This idea was popularized by Twitter users in 2006, but not introduced by them.

  3. Anonymous on March 24, 2011 at 8:52 am said:

    Ryan, I like reading your posts but this one is a bit pointless! You could have summarised that in a 140 character tweet!
    Are you using it for SEO purposes?!

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