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So what is this retweeting malarkey all about then? Twitter users will be used to seeing and sending retweets but there are benefits to both the original poster and the retweeter.
So first of all, how do you retweet? Ok, this is easy. Firstly you can copy and paste the original tweet and place ‘RT’ at the beginning, not forgetting to put in the originators name to give them credit. Or, secondly, you can hover over the tweet and click on the ‘retweet’ link, and this will then forward the message to all of your followers.
Applications such as Tweetdeck also allow you to edit the message before retweeting it which can be very handy if you want to reduce the size back below 140 characters.
To find what you have retweeted and which of your posts have been retweeted by others click on the ‘Your Tweets, Retweeted’ tab and a pane will open to the right with all the details in it.
Right, I’m tired of writing ‘retweet’ and Ezine articles will accuse me of keyword stuffing, so I’ll move on and just refer to them as RTs from this moment forward.
Why should you RT? Well RT-ing provides value to your followers, so it is important to only RT tweets that you find genuinely interesting or informative. If you are providing quality content in your twitter feed then you are more likely to attract new followers and retain those that you already have. Also people are more likely then to RT your content, giving you further exposure.
Don’t however RT any old content in the hope that this will be reciprocated, as you are diluting the value of your Twitter account and diminishing your followers twitter experience.
If you are worried that you may be sending followers away from you then don’t be. For the reasons outlined above, quality RTs only add value to your account and will encourage people to follow you more and pay attention to what you have to say.
I should really add some images to this post as it looks a little dull, but just don’t have the time at the moment.
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