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Sending a message to someone via twitter - basics question

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If I want to send a tweet to someone via twitter, what are the ways to do that and what are the odds they will see it?

I set up 2 test accounts (not actually the screen names, but let's say they are test1 and test2) and from test1, I tweeted

@test2 test message.

Logging in on another machine as test2, I don't see that message.

Another way is to direct message someone? but if they aren't following you, they don't get it, right?

comments?  thoughts?

thanks!
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