Posted about 4 years ago

How to Use @Mentions on BiggerPockets

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 (46)

  1. No avatar

    I have a fairly simple (I think) question, as I am fairly new to posting here on BP.  I posted something in the forums for a recommendation and a BP member told me to reach out to another BP member.   I don't know how to reach out to that BP member directly, or am I supposed to just use the @their_name in the forum post that I created?  

  2. Tiny 1475291786 avatar mikeb121

    Same here. No Android support.

  3. Tiny 1472230535 avatar jec83b

    I love this function. Use it on my laptop/desktop all the time. Unfortunately, I can't use the @ function on my android. Not on the mobile site and not on the app. Is this a quirk of my phone? If it's simply not available, I'd request that it be added. Thanks!

  4. Tiny 1426174302 avatar pittsburghreia

    I love this tool 

  5. Tiny 1460907112 avatar tims84

    I can't get it to work, using Chrome on a PC, I am trying to mention someone in the thread, @? doesn't work either.  

  6. Tiny 1430337260 avatar krystalg

    This feature is great but I can't seem to get it to work on the app. Bummer.

    1. Tiny 1491858518 avatar biggerpo

      @Handel Carter & @Krystal Grubbs - Can you guys send a message to our support team at with a little more information on what's happening? What app are you using - iOS or Android.  Do note that you can only mention your colleagues or people who previously posted in a thread . . .

  7. Tiny 1448972824 avatar handelc
    Can't get the @ and name to work. The @ and anything really.

  8. Tiny 1448972824 avatar handelc

    thanks for the post @?

  9. Tiny 1474680407 avatar donnaw1

    Yes, I tried both Chrome and Firefox just now to test the @ function, but it does not work with either browser. Hmmm. Too bad. I think it could be a great feature, and it obviously works for some people because I see @ mentions all the time. Maybe I'll try Internet Explorer. . .

    1. Tiny 1491858518 avatar biggerpo

      You can only mention colleagues or those people who previously posted in a thread.  Perhaps that's the issue?  The functionality is working fine at the moment.

  10. 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!

  11. Tiny 1491858518 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.

  12. Tiny 1457706139 avatar ddl

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

  13. 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 1491858518 avatar biggerpo

      No problem, Jesse!

  14. 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 1491858518 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 1491858518 avatar biggerpo

      We have an iOS app at <a href=""></a>.

  15. 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 1491858518 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)?

  16. Tiny 1499396727 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 1491858518 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.

  17. Tiny 1450723323 avatar prettypatterns

    That's awesome Joshua Dorkin!

  18. Tiny 1491858518 avatar biggerpo

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

  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 1491858518 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.

  21. Tiny 1491858518 avatar biggerpo

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

  22. Tiny 1443469031 avatar shaneintx

    Why did I Just Now see this? Fun fun

  23. Tiny 1491858518 avatar biggerpo

    No problem, Tracey.

  24. Tiny 1490756343 avatar tracey10

    Thanks Josh, way to go!!!

  25. Tiny 1491858518 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.

  26. Tiny 1448387771 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?

  27. Tiny 1451104997 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?

  28. Tiny 1491858518 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!

  29. Tiny 1398856443 avatar bwalston

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

  30. Tiny 1399315588 avatar jonk

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

  31. Tiny 1399558017 avatar dbstyle

    That sounds really great.thanks for making it easier

  32. Tiny 1491858518 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.

  33. No avatar

    Great way to start the new year.

  34. Tiny 1398851488 avatar dasin2060

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

  35. Tiny 1491858518 avatar biggerpo

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

  36. Tiny 1441604380 avatar motiv8td

    whoa!!! That's pretty cool!