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3. Hold Great Conversations > Retweet clearly and classily: Part 2—retweets vs....

Retweet clearly and classily: Part 2—retweets vs. quoted tweets

There are two primary ways you can retweet a message:

  1. Hit the Retweet button in Twitter, which simply copies the tweet wholesale and makes it appear in your followers’ timelines as it if came from the original writer.

  2. Quote the original message, and then include a notation to indicate it’s a retweet, along with credit to the original writer. Common notations include RT for retweeting; MT for modified tweet; and via, to say that a link or idea came from @TheirUsername. HT, for hat tip, works like via.

A decent approach is to use the Retweet button when you want to pass along a message verbatim and to quote a message when you want to comment on or change it. But there are tradeoffs to each approach, and we discuss them in the next pages.


  

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