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When someone posts something on Twitter that really strikes you, retweet it!
RT, or retweeting is a common practice on Twitter - it's a way of reposting something to all your followers that you've seen. Everyone moves in slightly different circles, so while we may have some friends and followers in common, there are many more that we don't share.
When you retweet something, you widen the circles of people who see the information.
Most of the desktop and phone api's have an easy button to retweet. Here's one I did a few minutes ago:
By retweeting the message, I also am posting it on my Facebook page, where it will be seen by the folks who follow me there.
By mentioning my forums, anyone who's interested in knowing more will (hopefully) contact me or follow my links back to Delphi.
Brand new article from Mashable on how to get your tweets retweeted.
If you're using Twitter to expand your Delphi Forum's reach, this is worth reading.
Ok, so it's ubergeeky. But if you're going to study something, study hard!
Hi Cstar, thank you for starting this forum... it's full of very useful and fun information. :-)
Are there any copyright issues attached to retweeting what someone else has said? I'm not talking about quoting famous or well known people, it has more to do with us regular folks.
For example, you can't repost another person's post on Delphi without permission from the original author, does the same thing apply on Twitter?
>> Are there any copyright issues attached to retweeting what someone else has said?
Retweeting is really the same thing as quoting. The RT @cstar1 tells everyone that "this is what cstar1 said."
The one exception would be if you copied someone's twaiku, or original story (someone's writing a novel 140 characters at a time,) without credit and pretended it was yours.
This company abandoned their original business plan and have hitched their star to retweets - the practice of repeating what someone else has tweeted.
The home page is pretty useless, because it's been taken over by the "make money on the internet" nonsense, but if you go to the category pages, you'll find lots of stuff worth looking at.
Retweets were invented by the users as a way of sharing interesting things others have said, while giving credit to the original source.
Twitter is embracing the retweet, and is planning on folding it into their platform. Phase 1 is getting it into their API for developers.
You can read the details on the Twitter blog, but basically, if you follow A, and A retweets something that B said (whom they follow, but you don't,) then you would also see what B says in your Twitter stream.
I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, you can find lots of interesting new people this way. On the other hand, you could also be innundated with annoying RT's. I followed someone the other day that looked like he might be interesting, but he overwhelms my Twitter stream with RT'ing - I think he RT's everything anyone he follows says. I'm finding it annoying enough that I'm just about to unfollow him.
How to use the new Retweet feature on Twitter.
With Twitter's retweet version, if someone you follow retweets someone you don't follow, you'll see the RT appear in your timeline.