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Twitter’s Latest Experiment: Retweet With Comment

Twitter's Latest Experiment: Retweet With Comment

By its own admission Twitter experiments with at least one new feature each and every day, and while most of these are simply that – experiments – some do move out of the beta process and become system-wide.

Twitter’s latest venture is a tweak that many users have wanted for a long, long time: retweets with comments.

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Twitter Users Often Retweet Without Reading Or Clicking Links, Study Reveals [INFOGRAPHIC]

If you’ve been on Twitter long enough and use the social platform to share content from your blog or website, and have built a certain level of authority and expertise, after a while you’ll begin to notice automated sharing and retweets of your stuff, often from the same sources. This can be great for traffic and awareness, but it’s a pretty hollow stamp of approval, as your content has obviously been passed on blind.

Other times, you’ll organically share a link to a long article that is retweeted so quickly by someone who follows you that you’ll think to yourself, “There’s no way you could have read that.”

What does it all mean?

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Want More Retweets? Always Tell People “What’s Happening?” On Twitter In 100 Characters (Or Less)

When you first join Twitter one of the rules that’s drummed into you from the very beginning is that status updates on the platform come with a limit of 140 characters.

This can seem restrictive at first, especially if you’re used to Facebook and its now unlimited character ceiling. But after a little while, and with practice, you learn to write good, strong and concise Twitter copy, always ensuring that you modify the words in your tweets to make sure they fit nicely within that 140-character maximum. You don’t resort to text speak, but you do know that you shouldn’t use a long word when a shorter one will work just as well.

But there’s a problem: you’re not getting many retweets. Why?

Answer: because you’re not leaving enough space.

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Retweet Added To Oxford English Dictionary

In the latest testament to Twitter’s growing importance in the modern world, the Oxford English Dictionary has recognized one very significant aspect of the micro-blogging social network by adding the word ‘retweet’ to its 12th edition.

The OED is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and in an effort to prove they’re still quite capable of keeping up with ‘what’s happening’ (thank you very much) they have included Twitter’s share functionality in their latest tome, describing it as:

verb: (on a social networking service Twitter) repost or forward (a message posted by another user)

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POLL: Which Kind Of Retweet Do You Do?

When Twitter’s internal retweet system (code-named Project Retweet) launched late last year I was one of a number of people who was resistant to the development. I’d grown accustomed to the original retweet (RT @ or via) and being unable to edit messages to add your own flavour was a major drawback of the new mechanism.

Things change. Over time I found myself using the new system, first on a very occasional basis but later with increased frequency. I’ve also noticed that other users appear to be retweeting my stuff more and more using the new-style RT – veterans and newcomers alike.

Sometimes, a tweet is so good that all you need to do is hold it up for other people to see. Twitter’s retweet button works perfectly here.

For certain occasions I still prefer the original RT, or more commonly via, which had always been my share method of choice. I don’t think I’ll ever go completely over to the dark side until Twitter gives us at least some edit options, even if it’s just for the free characters in the tweet.

But what about you? Are you sticking hard-and-fast to the old school retweet, or did you move straight over to Twitter’s method? Perhaps, like me, you do a bit of both? Or maybe you don’t retweet at all.

Whatever your answer, please vote in the poll below, and hit the comments to share your thoughts with me.

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