Friday, December 11, 2015

9. Retweets

You've learned how to tweet (including images and videos), and now you will learn about RETWEETING, one of Twitter's most important features.

The power of Twitter comes from the way that content spreads throughout the network by being "retweeted," so that a tweet from one person is repeated in another person's timeline, which means it is seen by all of that person's followers.

Viewing a Retweet. If you go to your Home page, you will probably see some retweeted items that have been shared by the people you are following. The avatar with the tweet will be the original poster's avatar, but you will also see the name of the account that retweeted the tweet (and if you are following that account, you see their retweets, even if you are not following the person they are retweeting). You can see how that works here:


The above screenshot shows a tweet by Michelle Pacansky-Brock that was retweeted by Mark Morvant. If you follow Michelle Pacansky-Brock, you will see her tweet; if you follow Mark Morvant, you will see his retweet; if you follow them both (I do!), you will see Michelle's tweet twice in your Home stream.

Retweeting. So, now it is time for you to retweet, sharing something from your stream that you really like and/or that you think is important and potentially of interest to others. When you see something that you want to retweet, just click on the retweet icon below the tweet — it shows two arrows circling.

After you click the retweet icon. you'll see that there is also an option to add a comment, although I'd discourage you from using that option. There are some real downsides to that Twitter feature, and you'll learn some alternatives later to help build a conversation around a retweet (see below). For now, do a standard retweet — click on the retweet icon and then click the Retweet button (without typing anything in the comment box):


After you have retweeted the tweet, you'll see that tweet in your timeline, with your name as the retweeter.

Give it a try! Go to your homepage at Twitter.com, find some good tweets that you want to include in your stream, and retweet them. You can also retweet tweets that you see anywhere at Twitter, like when you are viewing a list or when you are browsing a hashtag like #OpenTeachingOU.

After you have retweeted a few tweets, take a look at your Profile page (click on the avatar in the upper right-hand corner) and see how your stream looks, with your tweets and the retweets together.

NEXT STEP => And now, you are almost done with this part of the Bootcamp — just one more thing to practice today: learning how to reply by including someone's handle in a tweet.


Sneak Preview: My very favorite Twitter tool is a browser extension called Classic Retweet which restores a feature of "retweeting" from the original way that Twitter worked, allowing you to add a hashtag or comment to a tweet. You'll learn about that later in the Bootcamp.

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