I am going to try and answer all your questions as best I can. Please feel free to ask if you don’t understand or have more questions that come up.
Please check your own Twitter Settings to ensure you are set to ‘public’ and not ‘private.’
Regarding the tweet that you got in your email that is not readable, I would need to see it to really understand why. If you do not see the tweet in @Connect, is it possible that it was sent to you as a Direct Message from someone else who also follows you? Check your Direct Messages (let me know if you do not know how).
Sometimes people on twitter use ascii code to communicate with symbols, especially if they don’t speak English. Some of these symbols may not display correctly on your computer, in your email or your device depending several factors including the app or program you are using for twitter, or even which fonts you have installed on your computer. Maybe you can ask one of your friends to send you a tweet to test what is really going on.
I would like elaborate on a few things regarding celebrity Twitter accounts, and I will use the @LaurenCohan account as an example to illustrate my points below:
If you want to view the tweets the actress is getting from other people, you can enter @LaurenCohan in the search bar as shown:
This will give you an idea of how many tweets she gets at any time. The image above is a sample of tweets TO @LaurenCohan.
On your own feed (Home page), you should see all the tweets of the people who you follow whenever they tweet. If you only follow one person, you will only see her tweets on your feed.
As long as you are using the @ sign and entering her name in your tweet like this: @LaurenCohan when you tweet to her, then yes, your tweet will go to her feed. That does not necessarily mean she will literally 'see' it, but anytime she views her feed or opens the @Connect, she can see all tweets to her, not just yours. That means she will see A LOT of tweets since she is a celebrity.
@LaurenCohan is a Verified account on Twitter. This means that Twitter has established the authenticity of the account, and this account belongs to the actress who plays Maggie on the Walking Dead. Verified accounts on twitter display the blue badge shown in the image below.
In the case of Lauren Cohan, she has over 409,000 followers. Since celebrities are busy and because they have so many followers, it is likely they may not be able to take the time to read and reply to every single tweet that is sent to them. This is not because they are not looking or anything is wrong with how you are tweeting. It is sheer numbers.
To give you an idea, she would have to sit and read her twitter feed all day and just keep scrolling through all her tweets to be able to see all the tweets that come to her, and by the time she is done, there would be many more new ones waiting at the top of her feed. In reality, it is pure hit and miss, they happen to log in, read a few tweets, whatever is displaying at that moment on their feed. She may see something she can quickly reply to or RT when she can.
I believe most celebrities try very hard to keep in touch with fans and do their best, but they usually are not able to reply to everyone.
A few suggestions to consider:
-Choose your timing.
-Tweet at times when there is less activity on her feed (ie. not while the show is being aired on Sunday nights) because everyone will be tweeting to her at that time
-Tweet to her right after she tweets because you know she is on twitter then
-Avoid spamming celebrities by sending thousands of the same tweet or replying to every tweet they make. You don’t want to annoy them…just be polite, original and sincere and ask legitimate questions about the show or about her or share something that you are interested in as well (example: @LaurenCohen do you play any zombie games? #WalkingDeadBG)
-Keep trying and keep your tweets interesting and varied
-Research and learn how to use hashtags (example: #TheWalkingDead). You may also use the Twitter Search to look up different hashtags
Here is one more tip from Twitter regarding engaging with popular accounts such as celebrities and actresses:
Remember: These users often have lots of followers and may not be able to respond to every @ reply or direct message sent to them; try to make your Tweets to them engaging, direct, and to the point. If you don't hear back, it's not personal.
Lastly, for more information on using twitter and tweeting, see How to Connect
Please let me know how it is going or if you have questions about anything specifically.