Friday, 18 March 2016

3 Ways to Retweet on Twitter

I wrote the original version of this post in January 2015, updating it a few months later when Twitter introduced the ‘Quote Tweet’ option. It was all looking a bit messy with the old way of doing it and the new way typed in bold, so here's a completely new post (the other post has now been archived). My original post was inspired by a meeting with a client who hadn't used Twitter. He asked, ‘how do I retweet, what does it mean, why would I do it?’ When you’ve been using Twitter for a while, you forget that the answer to these questions isn’t obvious for someone new to Twitter.

Here are three ways to retweet, using the same tweet by Alison Morton (who has given her kind permission) in all examples. Alison's tweet links to her blog post on how to make a readable PDF, an informative read and below you can see how each option achieves something different for me, and for Alison. These examples show how to share a link to Alison's blog post, but you can apply Options 1 and 2 to any tweet, and Option 3 to any tweet with a link.

I’m using and Tweetdeck in the examples, but the Twitter app and Hootsuite work in a similar way. With Hootsuite though, you have the option to 'Edit' (as well as 'Quote'), producing a tweet which says 'RT' at the beginning. This method isn't used as much on Twitter now Quote Tweet has been introduced, probably because you have to add your comment within the 140 character limit. With Quote Tweet you can add up to 116 characters of your own to a picture of the original tweet.

In the below examples, the 'user' is Alison.
Option 1: Retweet as it is by clicking

With this option, you’re helping the user who tweeted originally by sharing their profile and their blog post with those who follow you. The tweet will appear in the timelines of your followers as it originally appeared, but with your name at the top in small writing. Options 2 and 3 add a more personal touch, and are likely to be even more helpful to the user.
Option 2: Quote Tweet Click then type where it says ‘Add a comment’ 
Tweetdeck: Clickthen on Quote Tweet button to add a comment

This method of retweeting shares the user's profile and blog post with your followers, but you can also show you’ve read the post and add any new hashtags, (or you can just add your comment to what the user is saying if the original tweet doesn't link to a post). Both of you can benefit this way, as the user may retweet your tweet (I do this if it's praise for one of my blog posts), sharing your profile with their followers, but also by showing their followers that someone likes their content. A win-win for both.

Option 3: Create Your Own tweet

I always appreciate it so much when anyone takes time to do this for me, and I retweet 'create your own' tweets linking to my posts. You can create your own tweet by using the link to the user's post, mentioning the user, and by including your comment. You then introduce the user to your followers, and your followers are more likely to engage with the user's post if they know you, and trust your opinion. The user may retweet this to their followers, as in Option 2. So again, a win-win for both of you.

So, there you go. There's a lot more to retweeting than you'd expect.
And here's Alison's retweet for this post (a perfect example of Option 3!)
Added 10 October 2016: You can now retweet your own tweets (and Quote Tweet them too).

In other news: 

I have a new website! Here it is with the banner designed by Cathy Helms at Avalon Graphics, using the below photo:, and there's a new endorsements tab.

My next course in London on 7 May 2016 is now fully booked, and there will possibly be a course in November (to be confirmed). Email me at anitajchapman at gmail dot com if you'd like to be added to the distribution list for information on my future courses.

My recent guest posts:

Alison Morton’s Writing blog: 5 Biggest Social Media Challenges for Authors 

Elaina James’ blog: Taking Twitter to the Next Level 

Historical Novel Society Conference #HNSOxford16

As Publicity Officer for this conference, I must tell you that the programme is now live on the website here. If you've booked for the conference already, you're now able to select your choices via the website. If you haven't booked and are interested in attending, it's worth doing so soon as places are limited.

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  1. One year on and Twitter still seems really complicated. I must seem very rude to some of the people who RT me.
    Thank you for another timely lesson. I'm off to put it into practice.

    1. Thanks for visiting, April! (I don't ever recall seeing you being rude on Twitter :-))

  2. Excellent, clear advice as always, Anita. Think I'm improving!