Twitter’s somewhat controversial re-imagining of the retweet mechanism – codenamed Project Retweet – is being staggered into the network on a piecemeal basis, and it went live for me a few moments ago. In this article I’ll take a quick look at what you can expect when the feature is activated for you.
First, here’s how my Twitter.com homepage looked when the tool first appeared:
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The text at the top of the screen says:
Hi there, you’re part of a beta group receiving this feature, which means you may start seeing retweets in a new way. People who don’t have this yet will see your retweets prefaced by “RT”.
That last sentence is quite important because it means any retweets you do now using the new system won’t be invisible to people who don’t have access to this item.