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How to Use @Mentions on BiggerPockets

Posted on Friday, October 04, 2013

Hey Everyone! We wanted to start the New Year with style, so we've brought you a new feature that we think will better help you to connect and communicate with others here on the forums.

We've adopted what has become standard protocol on the large social networks -- @ mentions.

Users can now mention their colleagues and those people who have already posted in a thread that you're responding to with the @ symbol.

Simply type your forum post as you normally would, and when you want to mention someone, type @ followed by their name. Once you enter the first two characters of the person's name, it will appear below. Select the person by clicking on their name and you'll have created a mention. You'll know you did it correct when you see the name highlighted in blue.

When you post your message, the person you mention will appear highlighted with the @ symbol in front and they will receive a notification on the site and in their inbox of the mention.

Additionally, if you enter @? it will pull up all posters who previously posted on the thread to make things easier for you!

Jump on the forums and give it a go; you can test it out in our thread announcing the feature: BP Update 6.5.1: @Mentions Now Enabled on BiggerPockets


Comments (36)

  1. Tiny 1399325748 avatar motiv8td

    whoa!!! That's pretty cool!


  2. Tiny 1409026973 avatar biggerpo

    Thanks Nick! Hop on, start using it and feel free to tweet this post ;)


  3. Tiny 1398851488 avatar dasin2060

    Thanks Josh. I like it. A chance to give credit where credit is due. Will definitely use it.


  4. Tiny 1399436120 avatar ejpuck

    Hey Josh, this is pretty cool; we've always answered posts by typing it this way.Color me silly, but this only works for people who have already posted within the thread, correct? It cannot be used to draw a particular persons attention to a thread?


  5. No avatar tiny

    Great way to start the new year.


  6. Tiny 1409026973 avatar biggerpo

    @Dave - Thanks. Glad to hear it. @Jerry - It will work for people who have already posted in the thread and with your colleagues. @Charles - Agreed! BTW - We'll soon be adding it to the comment system of the blogs and the rest of the site.


  7. Tiny 1399558017 avatar dbstyle

    That sounds really great.thanks for making it easier


  8. Tiny 1399315588 avatar jonk

    I've never used them before now, but like them. Thanks Josh!


  9. Tiny 1398856443 avatar bwalston

    Very cool!! BP just gets better & better :)


  10. Tiny 1409026973 avatar biggerpo

    @Demond - No problem. Please consider uploading a personal pic so we can better get to know you. @Jon - Me too. @Bill - Thanks, and I appreciate the tweet!


  11. Tiny 1436750632 avatar michaelquarles

    @Josh Thank you making feel a wee bit old. I had no clue what people were trying to accomplish when writing the @ symbol other than speaking directly to them. Will there be a way to block the @ emails from users or do they only come from people youve authorized to follow you?


  12. Tiny 1398871067 avatar ncarey

    I just went back an edited a forum comment to add it. I noticed in your comment above where you used @Dave, Jerry, and Charles it doesn't show as described. Does it not work for post comments?


  13. Tiny 1409026973 avatar biggerpo

    @Michael - You can shut all @ emails in the email settings. At present, there is no way to block an individual. The only people who can @mention you are those people you are colleagues with and those people who have posted in the same thread as you. @Ned - This is currently only implemented in the forums, but we'll soon be bringing it to the comment system around the rest of the site.


  14. Tiny 1399445261 avatar tracey10

    Thanks Josh, way to go!!!


  15. Tiny 1409026973 avatar biggerpo

    No problem, Tracey.


  16. Tiny 1399562700 avatar shaneintx

    Why did I Just Now see this? Fun fun


  17. Tiny 1409026973 avatar biggerpo

    There's a lot happening here, Shane Woods. Features like our @Mentions are great for keeping people in the mix.


  18. Tiny 1409026973 avatar biggerpo

    I've had a few queries about the @Mentions system over the past few days, so I thought we'd revive this for all to see.


  19. Tiny 1399700698 avatar jaykhill

    @Joshua Dorkin Does it work on IPad? I just tried it here and didn't get your name below.


  20. Tiny 1409026973 avatar biggerpo

    Jay Hill - It is disabled on the iPad and iPhone through the website itself, but works using the BP Mobile App.


  21. No avatar tiny

    That's awesome Joshua Dorkin!


  22. Tiny 1414764805 avatar blueazul

    I tried to tag someone via mobile and it didn't work. Then I tried two different browsers (Firefox & Chrome) on a desktop and still no results. Am I missing something here?


    1. Tiny 1409026973 avatar biggerpo

      On mobile, you'd need to use our iOS app. Otherwise, you can only mention colleagues or people who previously posted in a thread. I hope that helps.


  23. Tiny 1399758401 avatar k2581

    @Joshua Dorkin I love the community that you have built here and I look forward to becoming more involved. I think that the mention feature is great. I am hoping to figure out what I need to do differently in order to get it work for me. Do you have any suggestions as to why I am not seeing the mention function work in my posts? I tried mentioning someone that had already posted in the same thread but the mention function didn't seem to work.Thanks in advance for your assistance. Joshua, thanks for building such an awesome community!


    1. Tiny 1409026973 avatar biggerpo

      Hey Karen - How are you accessing the site What brower/version and operating system are you using? Have you tried our @? functionality (allows you to see everyone who posted in the thread already)?


  24. Tiny 1399758401 avatar k2581

    I know that I have tried mentioning someone who has posted in a thread when I was using an Android phone. I did try the @? functionality as well.


    1. Tiny 1409026973 avatar biggerpo

      It may be because you're on mobile. See if it works on your desktop for me...


    2. Tiny 1399758401 avatar k2581

      Thanks and will do. Is there a BP mobile app for Android?


    3. Tiny 1399758401 avatar k2581

      @Joshua Dorkin I am glad that I joined this community.


    4. Tiny 1409026973 avatar biggerpo

      We have an iOS app at <a href="http://www.biggerpockets.com/app">http://www.biggerpockets.com/app</a>.


  25. Tiny 1399790132 avatar architectalmost

    thanks Joshua Dorkin. just bumping this because i have been wondering how to @mention someone. didn't even know what to call it.


    1. Tiny 1409026973 avatar biggerpo

      No problem, Jesse!


  26. Tiny 1426131048 avatar ddl

    help I typed @names, no names pop up from the bottom?


  27. Tiny 1409026973 avatar biggerpo

    You can only mention your colleagues or those people who previously posted in a forum thread.  On the blog, you can mention the author.


  28. Tiny 1416988542 avatar jeremyj1

    Cool feature! A couple pieces of feedback:

    I'm using Chrome, and it's got some bugs. Sometimes it doesn't work at all and when I reload the page it works.  Othertimes it works but inserts the text "undefined" into the body of my post immediately after the mention.

    When I type "@" and then start typing the name of the person, the menu below pops up allowing me to select the person for the mention, but I have to use my mouse to actually click the name.  It would be nice if it worked like Facebook where you can use the Arrow Keys and Enter Key to select the person so you can keep your hands on the keyboard and not have to use the mouse for that.


    1. Tiny 1417652277 avatar jsbinatl

      Same here with Chrome. The @ function works sporadically at best!




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