If you’re new to Twitter, you’ve likely already seen retweeting come up. If you’re about to jump on the bandwagon, this is one of the first things you’ll need to learn. And even if you’re a seasoned tweep, the intricacies of the mysterious retweet can be confusing. Don’t you worry; I’m here to help. Let’s walk through the details step by step.
What a Retweet Is
A tweet is 140-character message. When someone else publishes a tweet that you like, you can share it with your own followers by “retweeting” it – which you’ll commonly see abbreviated as “RT.” There are several ways to retweet someone, and we’ll cover those below.
What a MT Is
You might see “MT” floating around the twitosphere; it stands for “modified tweet.” A modified tweet is exactly like a retweet except it’s used when you’ve changed some of the original tweet. So if you have to cut out some of the original tweeter’s words or adjust their phrasing for some reason, you should use the abbreviation MT instead of RT to let your followers know you’ve tweaked something.
Why You Should Retweet
Retweeting is the heart of Twitter, which is why I’m dedicating a whole post to it today. The beauty of Twitter is in its brevity; the fact that tweets are so short make them easy to share and pass along. Retweeting excellent tweets does several things: it improves (and varies) your content for your followers, it supports the original tweeter by getting their content viewed by a new group of people, and it lets someone know you appreciate their tweet – an easy way to make steps toward connecting with others.
How to Retweet
There are two ways to retweet: manually or by pushing the retweet button. [Read more…]