WHAT’S A RETWEET?
If you actively use Twitter, then you already know the answer to this question. But if you’re just starting out and trying to learn the lingo, read on.
A retweet is when a tweet is reposted by another person (giving the original poster credit). The term retweet is often abbreviated to RT. There are two kinds of retweets, an “Old-Style Retweet” and a “New-Style Retweet.”
The “Old-Style Retweet” allows you to edit a tweet before sending. It looks like this:
Please note how you can add a comment to the tweet before sending. Some Twitter clients will post retweets like this:
This is actually a retweet of a retweet. Note the (via @username) at the end of the tweet, as that is what I was trying to show.
The “New-Style Retweet” does not allow you to edit a tweet before sending. It looks like this:
It’s faster, cleaner, and looks almost exactly like the original tweet. The downside is that you can’t comment on what you post. Because the tweet doesn’t add the @username or via @username, the it contains less characters than the old-style retweet.
WHICH ONE DO I LIKE BETTER?
They both have their advantages and disadvantages. I have the old-style retweet set as the default on TweetDeck because I like to comment on a tweet before sending it. The new-style retweet does have its advantages, and I will use it when it makes sense to (for example, when reposting a long tweet).
THE IMPORTANCE OF RETWEETING
- It helps you feel involved in the community.
- You can communicate with other users. Most will appreciate having something retweeted.
- It spreads the word about a link, post, comment, etc . . .
- Others might return the favor.
So start retweeting! The Twitter website and many applications have easy-to-use retweeting buttons.
Do you feel that retweeting is important? Let me know in the comments below. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @amye_