ReTweeting: The Art of the RT on Twitter


Dear Rich,

I <3 Twitter, but I still don't understand the retweet. Do you just hit the "reply arrow" next to the person's tweet and then hit capital RT and then type your tweet?

— Troubled in Twitterland

Dear Troubled,

What you're describing is a reply. When you're at Twitter.com and rollover someone's tweet, you'll see the arrow. By clicking on that icon you'll be replying to that person, not retweeting them. (Retweeting, or RT, is repeating what they said while giving them credit.)

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Other 3rd party apps, like TweetDeck, have a similar method of replying to someone, using that curved arrow:

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Twitter.com doesn't have a default retweet feature, but the most widely accepted RT format is "RT @twitterhandle:" and then their tweet. Another option is just appending (via @twitterhandle) to the end of their tweet; however, it adds 7 characters to the RT as opposed to 4 characters in the first example.

If you're using TweetDeck, rollover your tweep's avatar and choose the RT arrow, which is the non-curved one:

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If you're looking to get your own tweets retweeted, it's helpful to know your "magic number", or the number of characters someone will use to retweet you subtracted from 140. So, if "RT @therichbrooks: " (don't forget the spaces) takes up 19 characters, my original tweet needs to be 121 characters or less.

Another tip might be to read that post at @Mashable in the tweet above: http://bit.ly/3bRjOX

Rich Brooks
You Retweet Me, You Really Retweet Me!

  • Twitter has introduced a new feature so when one moves their pointer over someone's tweet (on the right-hand side), three options are offered.

    *Click to "Favorite"
    *Click to "Reply" ,i.e. it loads the person's Twitter handle
    *Click "RT"

    Clicking "RT" launched another browser tab ( I use Firefox 3.5) loaded the person's tweet into to "What are you doing? box and presto! You have re-tweeted that tweep's tweet.

    Unfortunately, it only worked for a short while. Now, the above happens minus the actual intended re-tweet.

    Wish the feature were more consistent. Need to test the feature on Internet Explorer or another browser.

  • Twitter has introduced a new feature so when one moves their pointer over someone's tweet (on the right-hand side), three options are offered.

    *Click to "Favorite"
    *Click to "Reply" ,i.e. it loads the person's Twitter handle
    *Click "RT"

    Clicking "RT" launched another browser tab ( I use Firefox 3.5) loaded the person's tweet into to "What are you doing? box and presto! You have re-tweeted that tweep's tweet.

    Unfortunately, it only worked for a short while. Now, the above happens minus the actual intended re-tweet.

    Wish the feature were more consistent. Need to test the feature on Internet Explorer or another browser.

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  • Yes this is a great option. I used it and this is an other innovative feature provided by Twitter that will help then ti move toward the progress …