“RT” stands for Re-Tweeting. That is when you take someone else’s tweet and send it off as your tweet plus the added acknowledging RT @username to the original sender.
It was not until recently that the web version of Twitter added a “Retweet” button.
Once you click the Retweet button, it copies the tweet and adds the original sender. I miss the opportunity to add anything additional to the RT though. That is a function that I enjoy while using TweetDeck.
ReTweets must some value in one way or another, since there are even plugins that will add a button to each of you blog posts showing how often it has been retweeted and make it easy to directly retweet the link from within the post.
- helping spread the word across many networks (spiderweb effect)
- acknowledging a good tweet
- documenting my own bread crumbs (creating a summary) of where I have been and learned.
- to put an answer of mine into context, so others can follow back to the original question and also search for responses to it
Well, you will have guessed by now, I sent that same question on to my Twitter network. Here are some of the responses.
Please make YOUR case for RT on twitter by adding a comment in the section below, in an effort to help others understand the reasoning behind it.