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I've noticed that some Japanese Twitter users put words/short sentences separated by an "@" symbol in the "name" field. A common one I've noticed is "abc123@LINEスタンプ販売中," which seems to imply they're selling stamps on LINE. Some even have multiple "@" symbols in between stuff.

It seems to be fairly common in the Japanese Twitterverse, so I'm hoping someone can shed some light on the matter. Thanks!

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    You know, that's an interesting question. My impression is that the stuff after the @ is used kind of like status messages were used in the older days of instant messengers (IRC, AIM, etc.). – senshin Feb 1 '15 at 7:20
  • @senshin That's what I suspected as well. – beakr Feb 1 '15 at 8:24
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I remember seeing @ being used to indicate current status, what they're doing, etc since over 10 years ago.

And I remember using it myself.

Like:

[My name here]@管理人

to indicate that I was the webmaster.

Oh the good old internet...

The usage seems to have survived those years.

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