I found a great article with workaround for twitter’s new @Replies issue by Matte Black at http://socialsupport.pbworks.com/Workaround-for-Twitter-@Replies-Issue that has some work arounds to Twitter changing how @replies are handled.
By default, when you click any kind of “reply” button (on the Twitter web site, in Tweetdeck, and in some other client program), your tweet will only be seen by the person that you @replied to, and only those of your followers who also already follow that person. This really upsets many of us who want–or need–to discover new people by watching who our friends engage by @replying to them * .
Matte’s article provides two workarounds that will allow your followers to see your reply to someone, even if they don’t follow that person:
- WITHOUT USING ANY REPLY BUTTON
Simply type their @replyname at the beginning of your tweet.
- USING ANY REPLY BUTTON:
Just use the button to copy the name into the input box. But train yourself to add a period or exclamation point in front of the @reply name.