Secrets of How to ReTweet Effectively Better

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When Twitter started off, it was nothing but a place to put your status. Now, Twitter has expanded to become a Social Media Giant and fastest means of communications. With its powerful information sharing, it turn into a stream of up-to-date news. Over its last few years, Twitter came up with several actions, acronyms and tagging. One of the most useful action is “Re-Tweet”.

Updated Nov 5, 2009

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What is RT or Re-Tweet?

Re-tweeting is a popular way to share a useful or interesting tweet. When you browse your friends or public tweet stream and found something useful. Most probably you would like to share that with your Twitter followers. They might not know about it. Therefore, you copy some ones tweet; append RT along with their name and post it back. Then it is instantly available for your contacts or the public.

Benefits of Re-tweeting

  1. Increases visibility of you to other people and inside the public information stream.
  2. You re-tweet someone’s tweet and it’s instantly visible to the public stream and to your Twitter friends and followers.
  3. Credit passed along by tagging the original poster and current posters name. It is a polite manner.
  4. Slowly but most likely build contacts related to your interests and topics
  5. Passive marketing of yourself by helping others

When you should Re-Tweet?

  • A post has useful information that you like to share it within your followers
  • A post that has helpful information that can help out other users of similar interests
  • Information exchange and appreciate good tweets

What do You need if you want to do “Re-tweet”?

Twitter itself doesn’t provide an option to re-tweet (yet). So you need to get this feature from 3rd party applications.

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Having mentioned the points above, RT posts by many people might lead simple users to confusion. Usually when you use twitter clients like Twirl or TweetDeck; they instantly attach the text “RT @username:” before the original post.

How Not to make a Mess when You “Re-tweet”

The concept of “Re-tweet” is simple, but flawed in some way. Using the “RT” prefix worked well when less people RT, but too many RT’s are not really scalable or clean. Too many RT of a single post makes it almost unreadable. It keeps on growing by adding the text “RT @username” at the beginning of the original post. Take a moment to look at the example below:

Traditional RT or RE-Tweets

Too many RT of a single post make it almost unreadable

By now you have the idea how the Re-tweet might look like when they are re-tweeted by many users. Another simple example would be:

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Another simple example

Importantly we should not forget the limitation of 140 characters. Every time any one re-tweets, it can easily add up to 12+ characters into that tweet.

Re-formatting of Re-Tweets

The confusion of looking at RT topics can be minimized and presented in a much more easier and readable manner. Here are some ideas:

  • Take extra 20-30 seconds of your time to analyze the post before you actually re-tweet it
  • Set your re-tweeted or tweeted post limit to 120 characters. That way you will have free space if someone wants to re-tweet your post.
  • Never modify the short link posted by the original poster of the tweet. Do check the link
  • Move the RT @username part to the end of the post
  • Remove duplicate words and hashtags from your post
  • Format RT possibly in this manner at the end of the post “This is a post that is re-tweeted (RT @username1 via @username2 @username3)”. Let’s explain the RT, it is originated from username1. Then username2 and username3 re-tweeted the post of username1. I will cover this part later in this post.
  • Use the word RT if you want to identify the original poster. Use the word “via” when you found it via someone else.
  • Make use #hashtags to identify important keywords but do not to overload it.
  • Appreciate and Thanks other users who’ve re-tweet your posts
  • Whether it is a link, quote, or interesting information, add value to what’s been said before by contributing in your own words something relevant to the content. Give your opinion, be critical, be complimentary. This presents that you have actually looked at it rather than just simply forwarding it on.

Here is an example of a well formed Re-tweet.

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Example of a well formed Re-tweet



 

 

What if there is not enough space to RT?

Sometimes when you retweet a tweet from someone which has been retweeted by few other user, you might not have enough space to RT with all their names. What you should do under these situations? Try to determine the original poster or just keep the name of the user you have found the tweet from.

Consider the example given below:

50 Outstanding Web Designer Wallpapers http://bit.ly/J2oUF RT @awebdesignblog via @thirddesign @FlipBooks @sheconsulting @designerfoo

Explanation: The tweet above is originated from @AWebDesignBlog and you found it via @designerfoo, the problem here is the tweet became too long, so you keep the originator and retweet that. Which would look like this:

50 Outstanding Web Designer Wallpapers http://bit.ly/J2oUF RT @awebdesignblog

Another example of a tweet without an originator:

50 Outstanding Web Designer Wallpapers http://bit.ly/J2oUF RT @awebdesignblog @thirddesign @FlipBooks @sheconsulting @designerfoo

Explanation: It is hard to determine who is the originator of the above tweet. So you keep the person’s name you found the tweet out from. Lets say you found it from @designerfoo. So you can retweet following the example below:

50 Outstanding Web Designer Wallpapers http://bit.ly/J2oUF RT @designerfoo

Note: It is highly advisable to look for the original poster of the tweet. If you can’t find the originator then only apply above method.

 

When you should use “via”?

“Via” represents a “Medium”. Here is a scenario. Person1 posted a tweet. Person2 re-tweet that post. Person3 re-tweet Person2 post. Consider the example given below:

50 Outstanding Web Designer Wallpapers http://bit.ly/J2oUF RT @awebdesignblog via @thirddesign @FlipBooks

Explanation: The tweet above is originated from @AWebDesignBlog and you found it via @ThirdDesign and @FlipBooks

When you should use “by”?

It’s pretty simple. “By” represents that the tweet written by the user. It is the tweet of the original author of an article. Consider the example given below:

Lazy Blogger’s guide to Super Charge #WordPress with 100+ Plugins http://j.mp/4wCrC2 by @ruhanirabin via @featureBlend @FlipBooks

Explanation: The article in the tweet above is written by me @ruhanirabin and you found it via @tech_Blend and @FlipBooks

Define the Readability

Most of the Twitter Desktop Applications attach the format “RT @user1: “at the beginning of the original post. I would strongly advice not to follow that format.

The question raised “Why?” Take a moment to look at the image below

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Messy and Difficult to Read

Now take a look at more Readable “Re-tweet” below

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Clearly defines the readability

Example above clearly defines the readability of the post and the person(s) who re-tweeted it.

Summary

Many popular twitter users are so dependent on the desktop software. They don’t really check how readable their posts are.

A little bit more details? Yes, the soul purpose of Re-tweet is to share useful information. Desktop software adds “RT @username” at the beginning of the post. So it is become hard for the human eye to find the original topic. Why? Because usually we read text from left to right.

You can easily make changes when you re-tweet. This makes it easier for your followers to read.

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  • Sagar Nargolkar March 10, 2012, 12:15 am

    Re-tweeting hot topics is a great way to get new followers. I make it a point to re-tweet articles which are useful and related to my niche.

  • VISHAL GAIKAR January 27, 2012, 2:54 pm

    I am looking for any Retweet club, I heard that there are many of them. I want to get lots of retweets to my post, do u know any of them ?

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    Retweet sensibly, keep in mind that reference matters. :)

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    Thanks for such a detail post on the topic.

  • Sarah April 7, 2011, 5:25 pm

    im using TweetDeck as a Twitter desktop application, it’s very convenient. i can check updated feeds & reply the messages. love it
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  • Jimmy April 2, 2011, 5:20 am

    Amazing tips !
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  • Vivwolsk April 1, 2011, 1:49 pm

    Is there a way to RT to just specific people?

  • TimCote7 March 25, 2011, 4:48 pm

    The examples you offered were not visible to me, yet it still had some valuable info. Thanks

  • Sally March 22, 2011, 5:37 pm

    How do you retweet to someone who doesn’t follow you? I would like to do it so that I am using the original post with the original posters picture showing.

    • Vivwolsk April 1, 2011, 1:51 pm

      did you get an answer to this?

      • Ruhani Rabin April 1, 2011, 8:18 pm

        Yes of course you can RT specific people.. just get tweetdeck/seesmic desktop (softwares) and add a column for your favorite contacts.. then you can see their update on that column and RT them when you wish. On the other hand if you use twitter web interface you can go to a person’s profile and make use of Twitter Web RT on specific tweets (but if you use web RT the person who you are RT’ing will not be able to notice it immediately) It is advisable not to use twitter Web RT because it beats many purpose of doing RT.

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  • BengalsFan2 March 10, 2011, 8:49 pm

    How can you see the “Others” that have retweeted you not just the one person?

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    You have to actulize your article, today twitter has an option for retwitt :)

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  • wawel78 November 15, 2010, 4:47 pm

    Do you know why I am not able to make an additional comment when I retweet? It doesn’t give me the option.

    • Chandesh Parekh November 16, 2010, 11:13 am

      @wawel78 – the twitter.com interface doesn’t provide an edit facility when retweeting. To make changes to a tweet before retweeting you’ll need to use one of the tools mentioned in the post. My favs are Hootsuite & Tweetdeck, in that order.
      Hth,
      @ChandeshParekh

      • Ruhani Rabin November 16, 2010, 3:44 pm

        Thanks a lot Chandesh :)

      • wawel78 November 16, 2010, 7:54 pm

        Thanks!

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    I’m started to focus on tweeter marketing, since I’m a noob, your article help me much.. thanks then..

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    i’m a newcomer in twitter here just like mat below me, and i found this article is very helping me in understanding those so many RTs on my friends tweets. and @Saxby was right, that should clear up all that RTs chaos. Thanks alot..

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    I’m a Twitter novice too and this post is a great resource for me. Thanks!

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    Thank you. Putting many suggestions into place. Give and you shall receive. Debby

  • Huzzyk August 12, 2010, 4:34 pm

    Makes sense. I struggle sometimes to read the RT tweets.

  • Sanorah August 7, 2010, 10:37 am

    You're answer is crystal clear! THANKS SO MUCH!!! If only everyone could be as clear the first time around. It's been weeks. No one mentioned needing to get an external desktop application. You are very helpful. Thanks again.

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    You took the words right out of my mouth. Thanks for asking!

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    Lately, in our group, for cross-promotion among Social Media people worldwide (but with a Japan-core) KdL web2.0 Social Media members are encouraged to get the word out about us while retweeting fellow KdL members' most important tweets. Things that they have written themselves, big project developments, things they need to promote or spread the word far and wide on.
    And then, we all need to grow our followings, not only to reach more – but for twitter directory search results ranking. (See where I show up for 'web 2.0' + 'Japan' in directories. Nice, but I am still not found anywhere near the first page of results for 'Japan')
    For all of us, we can earn many, and many RTs on a single tweet – but this will cost money. Info for those who want multiple RTs, on upo to one tweet/day. But at no cost, I set something up for all of us to grow our followings. Simply check the link yourself (tweet content follows) and when you are satisfied, kindly schedule it (Hootsuite, etc.) or manually tweet the following a couple times a week, for a follow of nearly 90 social media hotshots of KdL – with one click:
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    Lately, in our group, for cross-promotion among Social Media people worldwide (but with a Japan-core) KdL web2.0 Social Media members are encouraged to get the word out about us while retweeting fellow KdL members' most important tweets. Things that they have written themselves, big project developments, things they need to promote or spread the word far and wide on.
    And then, we all need to grow our followings, not only to reach more – but for twitter directory search results ranking. (See where I show up for 'web 2.0' + 'Japan' in directories. Nice, but I am still not found anywhere near the first page of results for 'Japan')
    For all of us, we can earn many, and many RTs on a single tweet – but this will cost money. Info for those who want multiple RTs, on upo to one tweet/day. But at no cost, I set something up for all of us to grow our followings. Simply check the link yourself (tweet content follows) and when you are satisfied, kindly schedule it (Hootsuite, etc.) or manually tweet the following a couple times a week, for a follow of nearly 90 social media hotshots of KdL – with one click:
    Social Media Heavyweights -Network/Learn/Teach w/us 1click2 follow ALL (ask4 follow!) http://bit.ly/9r47E4 #KDL
    Growing with you,

    SauL
    @osakasaul for English / @syntergrow for Japanese
    KdL Web 2.0 Social Media Group http://bit.ly/9PFJ1N

    KdL: worldwide group with Japan core, sharing tactics/social media. Professional promo & networking opportunities

  • Saul Fleischman / KdL Group July 26, 2010, 6:21 am

    Lately, in our group, for cross-promotion among Social Media people worldwide (but with a Japan-core) KdL web2.0 Social Media members are encouraged to get the word out about us while retweeting fellow KdL members' most important tweets. Things that they have written themselves, big project developments, things they need to promote or spread the word far and wide on.
    And then, we all need to grow our followings, not only to reach more – but for twitter directory search results ranking. (See where I show up for 'web 2.0' + 'Japan' in directories. Nice, but I am still not found anywhere near the first page of results for 'Japan')
    For all of us, we can earn many, and many RTs on a single tweet – but this will cost money. Info for those who want multiple RTs, on upo to one tweet/day. But at no cost, I set something up for all of us to grow our followings. Simply check the link yourself (tweet content follows) and when you are satisfied, kindly schedule it (Hootsuite, etc.) or manually tweet the following a couple times a week, for a follow of nearly 90 social media hotshots of KdL – with one click:
    Social Media Heavyweights -Network/Learn/Teach w/us 1click2 follow ALL (ask4 follow!) http://bit.ly/9r47E4 #KDL
    Growing with you,

    SauL
    @osakasaul for English / @syntergrow for Japanese
    KdL Web 2.0 Social Media Group http://bit.ly/9PFJ1N

    KdL: worldwide group with Japan core, sharing tactics/social media. Professional promo & networking opportunities

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    Lately, in our group, for cross-promotion among Social Media people worldwide (but with a Japan-core) KdL web2.0 Social Media members are encouraged to get the word out about us while retweeting fellow KdL members' most important tweets. Things that they have written themselves, big project developments, things they need to promote or spread the word far and wide on.
    And then, we all need to grow our followings, not only to reach more – but for twitter directory search results ranking. (See where I show up for 'web 2.0' + 'Japan' in directories. Nice, but I am still not found anywhere near the first page of results for 'Japan')
    For all of us, we can earn many, and many RTs on a single tweet – but this will cost money. Info for those who want multiple RTs, on upo to one tweet/day. But at no cost, I set something up for all of us to grow our followings. Simply check the link yourself (tweet content follows) and when you are satisfied, kindly schedule it (Hootsuite, etc.) or manually tweet the following a couple times a week, for a follow of nearly 90 social media hotshots of KdL – with one click:
    Social Media Heavyweights -Network/Learn/Teach w/us 1click2 follow ALL (ask4 follow!) http://bit.ly/9r47E4 #KDL
    Growing with you,

    SauL
    @osakasaul for English / @syntergrow for Japanese
    KdL Web 2.0 Social Media Group http://bit.ly/9PFJ1N

    KdL: worldwide group with Japan core, sharing tactics/social media. Professional promo & networking opportunities

  • Saul Fleischman / KdL Group July 26, 2010, 6:21 am

    Lately, in our group, for cross-promotion among Social Media people worldwide (but with a Japan-core) KdL web2.0 Social Media members are encouraged to get the word out about us while retweeting fellow KdL members' most important tweets. Things that they have written themselves, big project developments, things they need to promote or spread the word far and wide on.
    And then, we all need to grow our followings, not only to reach more – but for twitter directory search results ranking. (See where I show up for 'web 2.0' + 'Japan' in directories. Nice, but I am still not found anywhere near the first page of results for 'Japan')
    For all of us, we can earn many, and many RTs on a single tweet – but this will cost money. Info for those who want multiple RTs, on upo to one tweet/day. But at no cost, I set something up for all of us to grow our followings. Simply check the link yourself (tweet content follows) and when you are satisfied, kindly schedule it (Hootsuite, etc.) or manually tweet the following a couple times a week, for a follow of nearly 90 social media hotshots of KdL – with one click:
    Social Media Heavyweights -Network/Learn/Teach w/us 1click2 follow ALL (ask4 follow!) http://bit.ly/9r47E4 #KDL
    Growing with you,

    SauL
    @osakasaul for English / @syntergrow for Japanese
    KdL Web 2.0 Social Media Group http://bit.ly/9PFJ1N

    KdL: worldwide group with Japan core, sharing tactics/social media. Professional promo & networking opportunities

  • Saul Fleischman / KdL Group July 26, 2010, 6:21 am

    Lately, in our group, for cross-promotion among Social Media people worldwide (but with a Japan-core) KdL web2.0 Social Media members are encouraged to get the word out about us while retweeting fellow KdL members' most important tweets. Things that they have written themselves, big project developments, things they need to promote or spread the word far and wide on.
    And then, we all need to grow our followings, not only to reach more – but for twitter directory search results ranking. (See where I show up for 'web 2.0' + 'Japan' in directories. Nice, but I am still not found anywhere near the first page of results for 'Japan')
    For all of us, we can earn many, and many RTs on a single tweet – but this will cost money. Info for those who want multiple RTs, on upo to one tweet/day. But at no cost, I set something up for all of us to grow our followings. Simply check the link yourself (tweet content follows) and when you are satisfied, kindly schedule it (Hootsuite, etc.) or manually tweet the following a couple times a week, for a follow of nearly 90 social media hotshots of KdL – with one click:
    Social Media Heavyweights -Network/Learn/Teach w/us 1click2 follow ALL (ask4 follow!) http://bit.ly/9r47E4 #KDL
    Growing with you,

    SauL
    @osakasaul for English / @syntergrow for Japanese
    KdL Web 2.0 Social Media Group http://bit.ly/9PFJ1N

    KdL: worldwide group with Japan core, sharing tactics/social media. Professional promo & networking opportunities

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  • NK May 29, 2010, 2:46 am

    great post!

    ya, its clearly show the do's and dont's of tweeting.
    ive been using chrome bird and it have the old style RT too.

  • michaelqtodd May 25, 2010, 10:29 pm

    Dude you got the wrong followers! Or you are not retweeting enough yourself!
    Hope it is going better for you now

  • Kittens May 18, 2010, 9:18 am

    I think that its may be a better way to express here You can't use twitter interface to retweet with a comment… they don't allow that. Use a desktop application like tweetdeck, seesmic (quote option) and set them to old style retweets.. then you can retweet including the ability to modify or add text while retweeting..
    Thanks.

  • Ruhani Rabin May 17, 2010, 5:04 am

    When you try to use the retweet in tweetdeck; it would ask you to choose the
    style between old and new, then you can choose the old style :)

  • ladyborgia May 15, 2010, 10:46 pm

    Thanks! How do I set to oldstyle retweets?

  • Ruhani Rabin May 15, 2010, 9:10 pm

    You can't use twitter interface to retweet with a comment… they don't
    allow that. Use a desktop application like tweetdeck, seesmic (quote option)
    and set them to old style retweets.. then you can retweet including the
    ability to modify or add text while retweeting…

    Alternatively mobile application ubertwitter allows you to use the old
    retweet style also.

  • ladyborgia May 15, 2010, 8:35 pm

    I can't figure out how to add a comment to my retweet. How do I do that?

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  • Kunal May 8, 2010, 7:42 am

    lol that's a lengthy article for a simple feature.

  • Juan April 22, 2010, 2:12 am

    Congratulations for you post man! it's very helpful and clear, greetings.
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  • Sebastian Bach March 26, 2010, 7:50 am

    RR, I totally get the RT feature and have been using it for some time. HOWEVER, out of over 700 followers, no one has RT'ed the most important tweets of mine, even if I BEG THEM! I tweet this (PLS- RT-BE A PART OF The Animal Humane Society Donation Ball | http://superforce.bbnow.org/events.php), and NOBODY CARES, no matter how I variate the wording. How can I fix this? And why are people RTing things that are “spammy”, ridiculous articles, and political crap, BUT THEY WON'T HIT THE RT BUTTON for a noble cause? What's wrong with these Twitterers? Not EVEN ONE!

  • digitalgodess March 22, 2010, 6:34 am

    HI Ruhani;

    Thanks for stating the road rules for RTs. It will be a great resource for new Twitter users. As a person who gets RT'd often I appreciate the value of the original source.

  • Anita Nelson March 21, 2010, 9:19 pm

    Wow, Ruhani, this is the most comprehensive article on RTs I have read to date – and to date happens to be Twitter's 4th Birthday! Phenomenal post! This method also is said to help with Google rankings =) BONUS!

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  • SnarphBlat March 10, 2010, 6:42 pm

    This is great, thank you so much!

  • Jeremy March 9, 2010, 1:28 am

    Very useful. Thank you very much

  • Fabio Seiti March 3, 2010, 2:12 pm

    Hi,
    Do you know how can I BLOCK retweet without block the person who did the retweet?
    Thanks

  • raquelcwb March 2, 2010, 12:32 am

    In my short experience, I've reduced the RT's from people I follow. Open the followings list and change the setting pushing the 'follow button'. You can follow or not the RT's from them. Really sorry about my english

  • Ruhani Rabin February 27, 2010, 8:07 pm

    If you like to add a comment when retweet .. you need to use the old retweet style.. the new RT feature in twitter doesn't allow you to do so..

    Use tweetdeck or seesmic to use the old style RT which you can add additional comments while reweeting

  • Ruhani Rabin February 27, 2010, 8:06 pm

    If you like to add a comment when retweet .. you need to use the old retweet style.. the new RT feature in twitter doesn't allow you to do so..

    Use tweetdeck or seesmic to use the old style RT which you can add additional comments while reweeting

  • Tangela McNeill February 16, 2010, 3:21 pm

    How do I retweet and add a comment…

  • Ruhani Rabin February 6, 2010, 4:28 pm

    This doesn't have any fix at this moment..

  • T. February 6, 2010, 4:22 pm

    How do I stop receiving retweets on Twitter? I'm getting slammed with 3rd party RT's that I have no interest in hearing from. Do I have to open each RT and block that person or organization? I don't want to remove the friend that is the common link with the RT's. Didn't see any option to deal with this in my settings. Any fix?

  • thirdDesign January 12, 2010, 2:31 am

    lol.. thanks for using me in the example ( its always good to be the “via” guy :)

  • Tina January 12, 2010, 1:04 am

    how do i retweet and add a comment at the same time… do i click retweet and write somethin at the top… im confused

  • Paul O'Mahony (Cork) January 2, 2010, 10:57 am

    Thank you very much. I like your approach: I'll try it straightaway today. This has been bothering me for ages and you may have solved my debate.
    @omaniblog

  • Paul O'Mahony (Cork) January 2, 2010, 5:57 am

    Thank you very much. I like your approach: I'll try it straightaway today. This has been bothering me for ages and you may have solved my debate.
    @omaniblog

  • Lamis December 27, 2009, 10:49 am

    very helpful but i still dnt know what 2 do …when i click retweet all it says is retweet 2 followers, i click yes & it doesnt let me put my own post after

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  • Ronald Redito December 10, 2009, 2:00 pm

    Definitely useful presentation. Social Media like twitter is the trend in marketing. We are now maintaining foreign clients' accounts for marketing purposes.

    Your information is of great help for Philippine Virtual assistants tasked in social media marketing.

    More power.

  • Raden Andi Ramdani December 3, 2009, 11:04 pm

    Wow how can you analyze this so serious???….but it's makes me better to know how RT the good Tweets or Good in using RT's on Tweets….thx for the resources….

  • Arnoud December 2, 2009, 3:32 pm

    How come on a lot of twitter-pages the links in the tweets look like for example this: http://bit.ly/4YYg1c #tech

    Because if I'd posted that link it would look like this:
    http://tech.yahoo.com/news/ap/20091202/ap_on_hi

    Is there a special way to do this? Because it sure saves a lot of space!

  • Liz December 1, 2009, 7:40 am

    Hi, I made my Twitter public but the other person is still not responding to my tweets. Am I doing something wrong after all, is it possible the other person has blocked tweets from non-followers or am I just being ignored…? :S

    Any thoughts on the matter would be welcome, thanks.

  • Pd2badamsgurl November 28, 2009, 8:39 pm

    how do you comment on a tweet ?

  • digital signage November 24, 2009, 5:11 am

    the process shown in the blog for retweeting is shown in proper manner.

  • Tegar M.Aji November 22, 2009, 6:44 am

    hi Ruhani Rabbin,
    according to Twitter help – http://help.twitter.com/forums/10711/entries/14020
    the retweet function syntax are now officially introduced by the developer.

  • Liz November 19, 2009, 11:09 am

    Thanks a lot for your help! Now I know what the problem is. :)

  • Ruhani Rabin November 19, 2009, 11:05 am

    You need to make your twitter public because the person you are following
    they didn't follow you back so they don't notice the RT you've already made.

  • Liz November 19, 2009, 11:02 am

    Hi thanks for your super quick reply :)
    How about when I follow the person but they don't follow me back?
    I've been sending RT for ages now and I'm trying to figure out if the other person is not responding or simply not getting them.
    I used to have my tweets protected, only just set them to public in hopes of solving this issue.

  • Ruhani Rabin November 19, 2009, 10:57 am

    Hi Liz

    If you follow the person you retweet and he/she follows you then they will
    be able to notice it even your tweets are private. Otherwise you need to
    make your tweet stream public.

  • Liz November 19, 2009, 10:51 am

    When I RT someone and I've protected my tweets, will the other person receive them/be able to reply?
    If not, will that problem go away if I make my tweets public?

  • natalief November 15, 2009, 8:45 pm

    I just tweeted, before reading this post:

    “Just noticed that the retweet link is not there for all tweets in @brizzly . Is that at the Twitter/brizzly-level? Protected accounts? Cool!”

  • paulinekiernan November 13, 2009, 1:54 pm

    I just must have accidently retweeted many tweets from a twitter I follow.
    I can't find anywhere how to delete the, There is only a star and reply button and NO TRASH CAN on the wteets. Please help! It's burying all my tweets! My twitter page looks as though it belongs to this other tweeter.

  • amrizalbakar November 12, 2009, 8:10 pm

    Very helpful article Ruhani. I am totally new to Twitter.
    Thanks

  • stella November 11, 2009, 2:31 am

    I’m new to twitter and found this article super confusing.

  • janetmacleodtrotter November 10, 2009, 6:03 am

    Very helpful article Ruhani . Just a suggestion to Richard, I used the reply to tweet button, then replaced @ with RT, then copied and pasted original tweet into my re-tweet. But as you say, it's a lot easier on tweetdeck, if you can catch it in time! All best.

  • Kiat Huang November 9, 2009, 3:43 pm

    Good article, suggest some improvements though to make it worth of a 10/10 rating!
    – no inline adverts (they are annoying and put me off coming back)
    – give a well formatted example of adding content to an RT
    – publish your original tweet about this article so *you* can be RT'd easily

  • Ruhani Rabin November 7, 2009, 11:25 pm

    Richard :) If you use hootsuite or tweetdeck.. they can auto complete the originators name for you :]

  • Richard L. Enison November 7, 2009, 1:35 pm

    Someday, after I study how to develop Twitter apps, I might write one to RT using the format recommended in this article. Prob. someone will beat me to it. For now, I can just RT by copying & pasting tweets. Only problem is, I must type the originator's (& other RTers') id's by hand, as they are links and not readily copyable.

  • digital signage November 6, 2009, 1:25 pm

    twitter tutorial is well explain in the blog.

  • freshdigits November 5, 2009, 3:42 am

    As always, awesome post and really helpful. and yeah, congratulation for listed in official twitter tips.. :P

  • Pablo Aviles Cisneros November 2, 2009, 9:17 am

    Great post, my friend! I will use your tricks from this moment. Pura Vida

  • Ruhani Rabin November 2, 2009, 3:38 am

    New revision of this article has been posted.. hopefully it will make things bit more clear..

  • Ruhani Rabin November 2, 2009, 2:26 am

    I guess thats why twitter listed this article in their official FAQ

  • featureBlend November 2, 2009, 1:48 am

    Great Post Ruhani – this is better then the one i saw at Mashable some time ago! :-) Funny how so many peoples RT's are unreadable, hope they learn a thing or two here.

  • Ruhani Rabin November 1, 2009, 11:47 pm

    thanks for informing and your comments :) I've changed the video to vimeo hosting..

  • otakutie November 1, 2009, 5:27 pm

    FYI: as of today (11/1), YT link appears to be broken…

  • otakutie November 1, 2009, 5:25 pm

    “via” means “by way of” so by posting “via @username” would essentially mean you're saying this article/topic came to existence or came into the info stream by way of the author/retweeter (aka @username)…

    Referring to your example, via refers to a transit point but does not necessarily mean “transit point” per se. “Camden via Charing Cross” and “Camden via Bank” would mean going to “Camden by way of Charing Cross” or “going to Camden by way of Bank,” respectively (i.e., commuters came to Camden/destination by way of a certain transit point/tube stop).

    not sure how well I explained this so if you want me to clarify further let me know ^^

  • work at home October 27, 2009, 11:43 am

    Now a days I am going crazy about to know on twitter. I am collecting all article on twitter for study about it.

  • Adam October 26, 2009, 9:01 am

    Please could you clarify your wording relating to “via”. In normal speech and signage via means a transit point – e.g. a train to Camden via Charing Cross compared with a train to Camden via Bank. Both trains start from Morden and both go to Camden, but they take different routes (my example uses London tube stations).
    It would also make more sense for the original posters screen name to come first followed by the first retweeter and then additional retweeters just get added to the tail of the list.

  • iamamom1st October 24, 2009, 11:31 am

    thank you for the help.

  • Ruhani Rabin October 24, 2009, 2:51 am

    twitter by default doesn't provide the RT button! so you need to use other web applications like twitzap.com or desktop applications like seesmic, tweetdeck or twhirl .. they provide a dedicated RT button which enables you to retweet in one click!

  • VirtuallyAssist October 24, 2009, 12:47 am

    Thanks for this great advice – it is something I have been struggling to understand – hopefully I have got it now.

  • iamamom1st October 23, 2009, 12:22 pm

    Is there anyway when you RT someone or @ someone and you want to include that persons RT or what they tweeted you can do it with just one click. For instance I have to copy that persons tweet then paste it into my tweet. I want eliminate the copy and paste part.

  • Elizabeth October 17, 2009, 11:44 am

    Ruhani,
    One question? If I'm following a person how do I get them to respond to a tweet?

  • Ruhani Rabin October 16, 2009, 10:45 am

    You can also try Twitvisor and Hootsuite .. both web based twitter client

  • Ruhani Rabin October 16, 2009, 10:43 am

    Hashtag is a way to categorize tweets .. a person can use #tagname to assign a category to the tweet.. which can be filtered by twitter search .. for example if you assign a hash tag like #wordpress , you will be able to filter that tweet in twitter search easily..

  • Peter Vincent October 16, 2009, 8:32 am

    how does one use a “hashtag” and exactly what is it?

  • Name October 15, 2009, 5:25 pm

    thanks for pointing me to twitzap. just what I needed

  • JeffHurt October 13, 2009, 12:05 pm

    In your example, the first username is the person who the tweet was sent to. The RT followed by list of users were the people who originally RT'd the post. The user3 appears to be the original poster.

  • missmontie October 9, 2009, 2:47 pm

    I'm sorry I still don't get it… if I am reading a post and it says

    ''username'' RT @user2: @user3 – twitter message

    does this mean that user3 was the original poster and user2 RE-Twittered it and then Poster-name was RE-twittering it too?

  • janatlrstop October 8, 2009, 8:42 pm

    Excellent. I like those snap blobs next to some text.

  • Mickey October 5, 2009, 4:22 pm

    I read this crap and still don't get it!

  • Ruhani Rabin October 5, 2009, 1:46 pm

    They are already planning to make new RT standards and soon to be implemented.. Unofficially it might come up end of this year.

  • Ruhani Rabin October 5, 2009, 1:45 pm

    Technically you are right. It didn't went through professional proof reading.. It just gets the job done..

  • Name October 4, 2009, 9:37 pm

    Good grief! Who wrote this? He/she obviously didn't bother to have someone proof it for them. It was painful to read.

  • mookstar October 3, 2009, 11:43 pm

    When is Twitter going to make RT a built-in function?

  • Itz Marol October 3, 2009, 4:56 am

    Thanks. It really helped me as I was all at sea about how to go on Re-tweeting.

  • Paul Malessa aka Zorly September 29, 2009, 11:51 pm

    Nicely done!

  • Maria Hayes September 23, 2009, 7:50 pm

    Thnks 4 help v readerfriendly much cleaner system 2 follow. Politically referencing correctness! Nice 2 credit origins of thought!

  • My Editor September 16, 2009, 11:22 am

    Great information. Thanks. But dude, you need an editor. web.mac.com/jrussell8

  • Green Spot Antiques September 13, 2009, 10:09 am

    We have a somewhat “new” use of a RT. discussion in progress. Would love your comment on the “piggyback” tweet seen at
    http://greeninkdiary.blogspot.com/2009/09/twitt

    A comment on blog is appreciated… or just tweet response if you like.
    I belive there are some small nuggets of truth hidden in this new usage, tells us about tweeters, as well as sense of “ownership” of tweets.

  • Wannabe September 12, 2009, 3:11 pm

    This could have been explained in much simpler text but, 30 minutes later Im a master ha ha thanks.

  • Linda_G September 6, 2009, 5:46 pm

    This is a great lesson in using RT and how to make them more readable. This is a necessary article for every Twitterer to read.

  • stevenwacker September 2, 2009, 12:19 am

    I see your point about RT coming at the end using via but why didn't 'whomever' (ev) 'think' this up (program) do it that way? Cause the way its working now the RT is coming up first and the way you just demonstrated it (cut and paste) I'm not sure that will work out with the mass public. Just saying… When I first got into twitter I studied how people were using RT generally the person making the RT would say something nice to the person he/she was re-tweeting then the “RT” then most, if not all of the original message. It was sort of like you had to read the end of the message first to understand the beginning…confusing at first but I went with the flow. It appears Twitter has its own language and that it always been in a 'state of flux' or a stream of consciousness-ever changing, never ending. sw

  • Ben August 30, 2009, 8:59 pm

    Very interesting video! By the way, what's the title of the song in the video? I like that song. :)

  • Ruhani Rabin August 29, 2009, 3:03 am

    Yes that is one of the way to let the original twitterer to notify about
    their tweets is being retweeted

  • deido August 29, 2009, 2:44 am

    In a RT if the person's @name (the original tweeter) is used do they see the reply even if they don't follow you?

  • Jake Dovey August 25, 2009, 1:39 pm

    I like the 'via' idea but it makes more sense to only use it when their are multiple re-tweets. The problem with the existing RT prepends and the 'via' method you propose is that the original tweeter comes at the end of the name list.

    The method I use is to prepend the original tweeter in the normal way then the people through whom the tweet came to you are appended in brackets at the end.
    e.g.:
    RT @passionsista: RT @0boy RT @the_gman: 15 Wordpress Plugins That I Can't Live Without http://tinyurl.com/cj9kq4

    becomes
    RT @the_gman: 15 Wordpress Plugins That I Can't Live Without http://tinyurl.com/cj9kq4 (via @passionsista, @0boy)

  • andrewweed August 24, 2009, 8:31 pm

    Awesomely helpful for this green novice

  • joyiasibley August 22, 2009, 1:07 pm

    Thanks for the RT tutorial!

  • Feed Your Good Dog August 13, 2009, 6:56 pm

    Is a retweet considered an endorsement by the party retweeting?

  • Feed Your Good Dog August 13, 2009, 6:56 pm

    Is a retweet considered an endorsement by the party retweeting?

  • Ruhani Rabin August 10, 2009, 9:27 pm

    It's called (#) hashtags.. it's the simplistic way to categorize or tag a
    tweet

  • chazd3 August 10, 2009, 2:30 pm

    Still not clear on what the (#) sign is and what it accomplishes. Can you review? Sometimes there are a string of (#)'s ex. #tcot #handsoff etc. appearing in various locations of the post usually at the end.

  • Ruhani Rabin August 7, 2009, 11:36 pm

    1. Not required

    2. You don't have to know or forward it to anyone specific .. remember it is only 140 chars u have there… so usually you RT to all your followers, regardless they saw that or not..

    3. Many software does that in standard, but actually it could create a mess so i suggested the option at #2 to make it cleaner.. if your phone app can't, it is still okay.. There is no official protocol to RT, basically all these software made it a standard

  • Ruhani Rabin August 7, 2009, 11:32 pm

    RT is not a standard feature set of twitter.. so you need some kind of visual experience to sort it out.. this article is about 15% of how to retweet and 85% about how to make RT Cleaner and Better

    Yes you can just copy paste but that is tedious so i recommend using a proper twitter software, follow the comments below .. this is quite common ;)

  • Name August 7, 2009, 5:42 pm

    Why do I have to watch a video to see HOW to retweet? Shouldn't that be the first thing discussed?

    Do I jsut copy and paste what someone else said and add a RT or what?

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  • Ruhani Rabin August 5, 2009, 12:13 am

    Hi if you read the entire post, i've said twitter web interface doesn't provide a retweet button .. you need to have a desktop client like tweetdeck or twhirl to do that..

  • five ACCESSORIES August 5, 2009, 12:02 am

    tThanks for clarifying RT. Invaluable information.

  • Theresa August 5, 2009, 12:01 am

    TThanks for the article!

  • PARADISE PUBLISHER August 4, 2009, 9:00 pm

    Thank you. As a newbie I needed an edu re RT. The visual aids are great.

    Questions:

    1. Are parentheses necessary around the retweeters IDs? They add extra characters.

    2. I still don't know where to include the IDs of all the people I am going to forward a/k/a RT the message to. Do I add those friends contacts IDs at the beginning or the end?

    I'm using Twitterfon Pro app on iPhone. Fortunately it has a built- in Retweet option & it automatically adds RT @UserID at the beginning; but per #2 above, I still don't know what is the correct protocol for where to insert my contacts' IDs: at beginning or end?

    Thanks again!
    @ParadisePublish

  • Maria Lizt August 3, 2009, 8:26 pm

    Thank you, excellent article and very helpful.

  • lynettecravens August 2, 2009, 3:23 pm

    Ruhani, This was an extremely useful article, and I have learned how to effectively format an RT. However, I am still a bit unclear on how to put together the settings for using RT's, (or via). Please explain. Where do I go to change retweet settings? For example, I do not see how to get the RT button, right now all I see are the reply and mark as favortie buttons.

  • Paula Johnson August 1, 2009, 6:09 pm

    I am sorry I am new to twitter I don't see how i get the RT button? Can any one help me

  • allQoo August 1, 2009, 11:43 am

    I am sent from the official twitter FAQ page. I have been wondering what the RT is all about. Your article is giving a very comprehensive explanation. Thank you : )

  • tnbasant August 1, 2009, 11:10 am

    GR8 help
    Thanks for the info.

  • richardcorbin July 29, 2009, 6:50 am

    Thanks for the information, this cleared a lot of things up.

  • anncarlton July 28, 2009, 9:20 am

    [email protected]! The info was helpful to new at twitter

  • richa July 28, 2009, 3:48 am

    Hi,I'm new to twitter n this article was of Gr8 help..Thanx

  • richa July 28, 2009, 3:48 am

    Hi,I'm new to twitter n this article was of Gr8 help..Thanx

  • gracewieber July 24, 2009, 12:05 pm

    Thanks for helping me understand the process of the RT. Bravo ! :)

  • CD. July 21, 2009, 11:49 am

    thanks for the article, interesting. Quick question, how can I find who did RT my posts ? (I'm a newbie, but I know one of my contacts did it already and search/see it by any mean …)
    thanks !

  • rollis3 July 19, 2009, 10:37 pm

    I am a Twitter newbie and this article was very helpful, thanks for sharing this.

  • Ruhani Rabin July 17, 2009, 7:26 am

    @Johnny Many thanks :)

  • aithnejarretta July 16, 2009, 1:17 pm

    I wanted to say Thanks so Much! I'm a little behind and your articles are helping me through the process. ;o)

  • johnny July 16, 2009, 4:58 am

    @Andrew the idea is the content of your retweet arrives via the original poster. The poster is the pathway between you and the interesting content you are retweeting.

  • Ruhani Rabin July 10, 2009, 11:51 pm

    Andrew, Thank you so much for your detail insight on this .. Now that made me think of lot of things..

    1. You are right.. now my brain is overwhelmed with your thoughts about point 1.

    2. Yes we can manually write RT @UserOne but most general people tend to find that not easy .. it depends on the advanced level of user.

    It was really helpful of you to share the thoughts, really appreciated it.. most probably i'm going to update the article as soon I have some time :)

  • Ruhani Rabin July 10, 2009, 11:51 pm

    Andrew, Thank you so much for your detail insight on this .. Now that made me think of lot of things..

    1. You are right.. now my brain is overwhelmed with your thoughts about point 1.

    2. Yes we can manually write RT @UserOne but most general people tend to find that not easy .. it depends on the advanced level of user.

    It was really helpful of you to share the thoughts, really appreciated it.. most probably i'm going to update the article as soon I have some time :)

    • Pillarpr July 29, 2009, 10:41 am

      Thanks for your article Ruhani – it helps a lot!

      How about using OT to designate original tweet and sticking with RTs for those who have sent it on?

      Just a suggestion but keeps characters low too…

      • Ruhani Rabin July 29, 2009, 10:46 am

        Actually I do like your idea but the problem is to integrate that feature
        into applications like tweetdeck.. and requires sometimes manual editing..
        otherwise OT is a pretty neat thing to do ;)

  • Andrew Dircks July 10, 2009, 10:46 am

    Thanks, Ruhani, for your website, for trying to help others, and for helpfully sharing your knowledge of Twitter, which is vastly more than my knowledge of Twitter.
    Your article has helped me to understand RT.

    But:
    1. I want to suggest that the word “via”, which has come into the English language from Latin, does not mean what you are trying to use it for.
    “via” refers to a pathway, and in the context of RTs, should be used to indicate middle people in an RT chain. It should NOT be used to indicate the original source!
    (You wrote “Use the word via if you want to identify the original poster.” But this is very unhelpful and confusing to people who know the word “via” in English language!!!)
    “RT @UserOne via @UserTwo” should mean:
    “Re-Tweeted, originally from @UserOne, but passed on by @UserTwo.”

    2. I think it is quite possible to RT without using another specialist application. You just have to do a bit of cutting and pasting, and correct typing in of “RT” and “@UserOne”, etc.

  • Ruhani Rabin July 9, 2009, 1:04 am

    For re-tweeting you need to have a desktop application for twitter OR a
    advanced web interface for twitter.. the twitter web interface doesn't
    provide an option to do RT..

  • Chris July 8, 2009, 8:15 pm

    I found this confusing and really still don't understand how to retweet.

  • H. Michael Harvey July 8, 2009, 3:58 am

    An informative piece on RT.It shows how to preserve the integrity of the text and gives proper credit to the creator and others who RT it.

  • emy July 4, 2009, 12:56 pm

    Thanks. This is very helpful as I was trying to figure out the appropriate use of RT.

  • teresa smith July 3, 2009, 1:03 pm

    Thanks. This helps a “newbie” like me tremendously/

  • s reid July 2, 2009, 11:58 pm

    below should say when someone follow's me on twitter, there is a message beside my name, why is that?

  • s reid July 2, 2009, 11:56 pm

    When some on follow me on twitter there is a message after my name”that's you”, why is that showing on each persons page that clicks follow on twitter?

  • Allie June 30, 2009, 12:58 pm

    Thanks, Ruhani!

    This is really useful information especially for twitter newbies. There are soooo many twitter tools and ideas, but it's not often clear how to use them for your advantage while using proper etiquette. Of course, I re-tweeted this post! :-)

  • Ruhani Rabin June 28, 2009, 8:27 am

    basically when your updates are protected others wont be able to see your
    replies but DM works same way as any other user and its always private 1 to
    1 messaging.

  • Ruhani Rabin June 28, 2009, 6:27 am

    basically when your updates are protected others wont be able to see your
    replies but DM works same way as any other user and its always private 1 to
    1 messaging.

  • sunanda June 27, 2009, 1:45 am

    When ur updates r protected does it affect ur @reply msgs or direct msgs?

  • Aarisa June 23, 2009, 9:06 am

    Thanks…. now I get it!

  • David W June 18, 2009, 7:00 am

    I've been following #iranelection and #gr88 (Iran situation) over the last few days using Tweetdesk. I've found it very confusing with all the RT's of the same tweets again and again. There are cases where an 'original poster' asks for his/her tweet to be RT'd and includes the #gr88, for example. Surely they are wanting you to RT to all your followers to spread the word? Instead, people are sending the RT and still including the #gr88 so the tweet gets repeated there again and again! The effect, with fast moving topics like the above, is that you miss new important tweets!

    Shouldn't one of the 'rules' about RT be 'think twice about repeating hashtags'? Hope that makes sense!

  • Nina Jiang June 16, 2009, 10:16 am

    Great article~~~Thx a lot~!
    the reformatting is helpful~!

  • nostate (on Twitter) June 15, 2009, 2:22 pm

    This is really helpful. You've covered some of my concerns. Thanks.

  • Ruhani Rabin June 13, 2009, 11:45 pm

    Thanks for the suggestions.. I think i've already written about that format.. if you go through the entire post you will find it =)

  • anne June 13, 2009, 8:50 pm

    Who's the music in your video by?

  • robin June 13, 2009, 4:29 pm

    Suggestion: I thought from the text that the “via” referred to the originator rather than to the list of RTers including the originator. Perhaps you could write something like:
    “The list of RT-ers in the following tweet: 'This message is great RT @fred67 RT @JoanneGee RT @AppleCrumble' is replaced by a list of RT-ers in brackets prefaced with via eg: 'This tweet is great (via @fred67 @JoanneGee @AppleCrumble)' saving 4 characters and streamlining the tweet”
    FWIW
    sincerely
    robin

  • robin June 13, 2009, 4:23 pm

    Suggestion: I thought from the text that the “via” referred to the originator rather than to the list of RTers including the originator. Perhaps you could write something like:
    “The list of RT-ers in the following tweet: 'This message is great RT @fred67 RT @JoanneGee RT @AppleCrumble' is replaced by a list of RT-ers in brackets prefaced with via eg: 'This tweet is great (via @fred67 @JoanneGee @AppleCrumble)' saving 4 characters and streamlining the tweet”
    FWIW
    sincerely
    robin

  • lysdexia June 11, 2009, 11:35 am

    under mentions

  • Ann June 10, 2009, 7:29 pm

    Is there a way to tell when someone RT you? Thanks for the helpful info!

  • Ruhani Rabin June 9, 2009, 7:14 pm

    Hi Rose, thanks for the input. You need to use desktop application (twhirl or tweetdeck) or any other advance web interface such as twitzap.com to do RT hassle free. Basic twitter interface doesn't provide the facility.

    • racheldg September 17, 2009, 10:51 pm

      Ok, not to be stupid but I don’t have an iphone or fancy phone just an LG Shine, if I get a message sent to my phone and I want to RT it from my phone I really can’t because I don’t have the desktop application or any other special web interface. Is that correct? Or is there a way to send a RT from my phone?

  • Ana June 9, 2009, 2:07 pm

    How do you get advanced web interface?

  • RoseBugLuv June 9, 2009, 8:49 am

    Nowhere in this article is it explained HOW to Re-Tweet. I had been typing RT @username and was wondering if that would result in a message being sent back to the user. Wayyyy down in one of the examples of the article, I see it is supposed to be RT @username: (with a colon after the username). Somewhere between “What is Re-Tweet” and “When to Re-tweet” there should be a section on “HOW to re-tweet.” Thanks.

  • kovshenin June 8, 2009, 1:49 am

    Great post bro! =) I wish TweetDeck had the ability to customize the RT button, like set it to “%message% %link% %tags% (via %author%)” or something like that =)

  • Brian June 7, 2009, 11:07 pm

    I saw your video about retweeting RT but how do you do a RT via cell phone txt message?

  • jay June 3, 2009, 12:47 am

    bak agn 2 refsh & rlly gt it rght. thks Guruji

  • Nik M Azreen June 1, 2009, 3:00 am

    Useful information on RT. Thanks.

  • jay May 31, 2009, 1:33 am

    ditto grt site. rlly hlpful + supr clr. thks

  • Linda Redmond May 30, 2009, 12:23 pm

    Great site. I bookmarked and subscribed, and will follow you on Twitter! Many Blessings!

  • Ruhani Rabin May 29, 2009, 4:54 am

    You'll need to have a desktop app or an advanced web interface for twitter to have the retweet button.. take a look at the video.. :)

  • Witte Molris May 22, 2009, 6:10 am

    Why don't I have an RT 'button' on my twitter?? I'm asked to RT info at times, but as I'm not able to, ppl might think I'm being ignorant, please help. Thanks

  • securityguy_nc May 21, 2009, 11:36 pm

    Is it socially acceptable to RT yourself? I posted some things before I got any followers, now that I have a few I would like to share.

  • Ruhani Rabin May 16, 2009, 2:21 pm

    if you can look into some tweets of mine.. u might get an idea.. =)

    Example..
    30 Fantastic Websites For Your Daily #Video #Inspiration http://bit.ly/Brxp2 (RT @cristianvasile) <- 'He iz goood..don't trust me? add him'

    The part { <- 'He iz goood..don't trust me? add him' } is my own comment..

  • Ruhani Rabin May 16, 2009, 2:20 pm

    Actually you will find a lot of icons if you search google.. but here are some ready to copy paste .. http://www.tech2all.com/2009/01/12/simple-and-e

  • Penny May 16, 2009, 9:37 am

    Thanks, Well Worded. Question – How do I add the little birdie that says “follow me” to my website?
    Thanks!

  • odeliya May 16, 2009, 8:06 am

    wat if i wanna RT some1 with my own comment?
    4 example they asked a question on thair update n i wanna answer them?
    i clicked RT but the only thing thats happening is it passes the persons update n then at the end its says ([email protected])?
    where do i write my answer?

  • cw May 15, 2009, 8:16 pm

    thanks for posting this up. I understand better about RT now ! :)

  • Robert May 15, 2009, 4:49 am

    very use full. thanx for that explanation …

  • Eva Vesper May 14, 2009, 3:53 am

    Great explanation! I've always wonder about RT etiquette and what to do. This will help us with retweeting better in the future.

  • KB May 6, 2009, 10:01 am

    Thanks for this post. The “via” instead of RT makes the re-tweeting process much clearer.

  • Lady Di May 2, 2009, 2:45 pm

    I liked this post as it gave me a wee bit more insight to proper RT'ing. Thanks loads!!

  • Ruhani Rabin May 2, 2009, 12:11 pm

    There isn't an official protocol for that purpose.. but if you can look into some tweets of mine.. u might get an idea.. =)

    Example..
    30 Fantastic Websites For Your Daily #Video #Inspiration http://bit.ly/Brxp2 (RT @cristianvasile) <- 'He iz goood..don't trust me? add him'

    The part { <- 'He iz goood..don't trust me? add him' } is my own comment..

  • Mark April 30, 2009, 12:47 pm

    This is great stuff. Question, though. Is there a protocol for retweeting but also commenting on the original tweet without getting readers mixed up about who wrote the original and who's commenting?

  • James Henderson April 30, 2009, 11:46 am

    The icons on your website are beautiful, who did those? Thanks . twitter.com/jimthewebguy

  • Ruhani Rabin April 27, 2009, 8:48 pm

    have you taken a look at the video? it shows a quick and dirty way to RT :)

  • Adam Garcia April 27, 2009, 7:04 pm

    How do I RT a post? Is there some link or is it just a copy and paste sort of thing? I need details, details, details!

  • facebook-553782882 April 25, 2009, 9:39 pm

    very helpful since i am not too updated about twittering though have been using it quite some time. been asking myself what RT and # mean – thank God i found your article through twitter helpdesk so i don't have to spend too much time googling

  • Syed M. Ruhani Rabin April 25, 2009, 9:41 am

    the hash “#” symbol before any word will assign that word to a tagged category. It's easier to find information with tags. For example you can search on twitter using the word “wordpress” but it will return results which are not really related to it (eg. abc.wordpress.com). Now if you search twitter using #Wordpress .. it will return the results related specifically to Wordpress. it's a form of categorize keywords known as “Hashtags”.

  • Syed M. Ruhani Rabin April 25, 2009, 9:36 am

    Hi peg, you definitely need a desktop client for such job.. As example TweetDeck, Twhirl or Seesmic desktop. These tools allow you to instantly RT any post without losing the original post. Also, few of them allow you to configure how the RT post will look like.

    For web based clients you can try twitzap.com or hootsuite.com to do RT also.

  • Peg April 24, 2009, 4:24 pm

    Tweetie on my iTouch is the best.
    Using Twitter on windows desktop is a challenge.
    Formatting the RT properly is tricky for a newcomer.

  • Peg April 24, 2009, 4:12 pm

    Interesting to read. But I could use a simple step by step lesson in how to RT.

    Do you use wordpad or such to format the RT ?
    I tried and lost the hotlink of the original twit in the process.
    Not certain how to begin properly.

  • Sally April 24, 2009, 2:09 pm

    What does # mean on Twitter?

  • Ruhani Rabin April 24, 2009, 5:17 am

    There need to have a space in between the RT and the @username .. like this:

    RT @ruhanirabin

  • SK April 24, 2009, 5:02 am

    When I use the [email protected], the user name isn't showing as a link. What am I doing wrong?

  • star April 23, 2009, 3:03 pm

    Thanks for the info. Very useful for a complete newbie to the twitter community.

  • Didier Rols April 23, 2009, 9:19 am

    Thanks
    Very useful
    Note that Tweetie available on iPhone http://twitter.com/tweetie add automaticaly (via @username) to the RT

  • GabyORourke April 22, 2009, 5:48 am

    Really helpful post – Thanks

  • BlogSEOExpert April 21, 2009, 7:52 pm

    Excellent guide post! I am totally new to Twitter, and this was really helpful

    Thanks!