Twitter has released its latest update regarding the retweet feature and people are not very happy about it. If you do not know about it yet, go to the homepage of Twitter. You will see a notification popping up regarding the new retweet feature.
Let’s talk about the ‘RT feature’ update before this new retweet feature. You can retweet by hovering over the message you want to retweet using that. Then click the retweet at the bottom right corner. It will come under your name, and you can also add comments to it.
You will get a confirmation message. After that, you get notified when you retweet. If you want to undo it, press the option ‘Undo’. Moreover, you can also see the retweets you have done earlier, along with who has retweeted you, by hovering around the retweet menu.
Different Versions on Old and New System
Do not retweet long tweets if you are on to a new system. What will happen is people on the old system will see your retweet as RT on the front.
What happened to me was that I retweeted 140 characters long retweet, and the addition of RT made it too long. Twitter made up for it by removing the end of my tweet, i.e., URL.
This showed up a little different for the people with the older version. For those, the URL got completely removed. But if they press on three dots, they can view the entire message.
Now let’s dive deep into the most recent new retweet feature.
New Retweet Feature
With this update, a new button of ‘Retweet’ is added to the ‘Reply’ button under every tweet you see in your timeline. If you want to retweet, click this button, and it will be retweeted under the name of the person who originally tweeted it.
You cannot add your comments to it – it’s just forwarded as posted. A set of circular arrows at the bottom identifies that the tweet has been retweeted. Moreover, there is also the name of the person who forwarded it at the bottom.
What’s good about this update is that it’s quite easy to use and can double your outreach as it reaches beyond the followers. The downside is that you cannot make comments, which people often like to do. o
You can also retweet using the “RT feature” if you do not use this feature.
RT VS Retweet
Given the two options to retweet, it can be tricky to decide which option to use to retweet. Here are some tips that can help you decide the most suitable method according to different situations:
- Use the official retweet if you want to retweet the official news. The idea behind it is to bring authority to the tweet to negate the value of spam.
- For the trending tweets, use the traditional method to add comments.
- However, if there is credit due, consider using the official retweet.
Well, we have discussed both the new retweet features and the limitations of each. Also, when you need to use them in different situations. In the end, it’s up to which option you prefer.