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How to re-tweet properly (for @tauhenare in particular)

If you don’t re-tweet properly, it gets annoying. There are a couple ways that are done, but the best way is the way Twitter doesn’t like doing any more. Twitter doesn’t seem to want you to add something when you re-tweet. Their original method is the best way to do it though. Otherwise, you are going to start pissing people off.

The ‘formula’, as such, is:

<Your message> RT <username>: <re-tweeted message>

For example, if @TVNZNews tweets “High winds rock North Island”, and you wanted to add, “Yeah, I can feel that”, you would tweet:

Yeah I can feel that RT @TVNZNews: High winds rock North Island

This way, it is easy to see at a glance what you’ve said, and what the other person has said.

Another way that is often used is to put /via <username> at the end, and then your message. So that would be:

High winds rock North Island /via @TVNZNews Yeah I can feel that.

This way isn’t as good, because it’s not as easy to see where your message is, and where the re-tweeted part is.

What isn’t good is to put the re-tweet in inverted commas. So the following is bad:

“@TVNZNews High winds rock North Island” Yeah I can feel that

Firstly, it is difficult to see where your message is, particularly on cellphones. Secondly, because there is an inverted comma to the left of the @ without a space, your tweet won’t show up in that person’s replies. This makes it difficult for them to reply – they would need to see it in their news feed, rather than it appearing separately in their replies feed.

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