A Twitter Grammar Question with No True Answer

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We all know the rule for "a" versus "an." If the next word starts with a vowel sound, we use a consonant. If the next word stars with a consonant sound, we use "an."

So the sentence "I read a Guardian article" is straightforward. But what about on Twitter? Any time you mention someone in a sentence, you use their handle. Which means every name on Twitter starts with @, a vowel sound. Do we count it? We tried to figure that out this morning.