Q. What does "retweet" or "RT" mean and why do people do it?
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).
- Copy and past the orginal tweet in the area where you send your tweets.
- Add an "RT:" before the tweet
- Next, add the original poster's twitter id in the "@twitter_id" format
- optional - add the reason why it is "retweet-worthy" at the end
Original Tweet: Interview with one of the creators of Twitter! http://bit.ly/DobCk
Your Retweet: RT: @thepodcast Interview with one of the creators of Twitter! http://bit.ly/DobCk - 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.