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Q. What does "retweet" or "RT" mean and why do people do it?

A. What:

Retweeting is taking a twitter message someone else has posted, and rebroadcasting that same message to your followers*.


The goal of retweeting is to provide your followers with valuable and/or entertaining content.  Nobody said it all has to be original (just be sure to give credit where credit is due).


  1. Copy and past the orginal tweet in the area where you send your tweets.
  2. Add an "RT:" before the tweet
  3. Next, add the original poster's twitter id in the "@twitter_id" format
  4. optional - add the reason why it is "retweet-worthy" at the end


Original Tweet: Interview with one of the creators of Twitter!

Your Retweet: RT: @thepodcast Interview with one of the creators of Twitter! - very insightful!

Retweeting is a true win-win for everyone involved.

* Although any Tweet you send will appear in your follower's timelines, they will also appear in the public timeline for anyone to see or pull up in a search.

:created by Bo and last updated by Ryan on 2009-04-10 07:33:17 - viewed 191807 times

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