There are two ways to send a retweet on twitter – one that allows you to add a comment to your retweet and one that doesn’t. If you want to know how to add a comment to your twitter retweet (the “old way” to retweet), watch this video:
Hey! It’s Emelie with LKR and you can find our site at LauraRoeder.com. Today, we’re going to tell you how to create a retweet on Twitter because there are two different ways that you might not know about.
A retweet is when you copy someone’s tweet and send it out to your followers giving credit to the original tweeter. Basically, it’s just a way to share a tweet that you’ve read with everyone who follows you.
The first way to retweet is to use the built-in retweet feature on Twitter.com. I All you need to do to retweet, is to hover your mouse over the tweet you want to retweet which will show this little menu that pops up and you see the option to retweet.
You can go over to your profile see the retweeted tweet that shows up in the tweet stream and you’ll see little green arrows which means that this is a retweet. When you see retweets in your tweet stream, they may show up from people who you don’t actually follow.
The reason that is is that somebody else retweeted one of their messages, somebody that you follow and so you’ll see it on your home page. Again, the first way to retweet is just to click this little retweet link that shows up when you hover over their tweet, you’ll click to retweet it and press “yes.”
The second way, the kind of old school way, the way people used to do it on Twitter is to just copy and paste what someone wrote. First, you need to highlight the text that you want to retweet and note who this author is.
In order to retweet, you want to paste it into your little tweet box just over on the left side of your home screen. Then, you need to type in the letters RT and then the name of the person who you’re retweeting from. When you start typing in the name, it’ll show up and you can just click on the name to confirm.
Make sure that when you’re copying and pasting your retweets, that you separate the letters RT which means retweet from the person’s Twitter handle. Make sure to put the @ sign in front of the Twitter handle so that the people can click through to that person’s Twitter profile. You want to paste it into your little tweet box just over on the left side of your home screen.
Make sure that spacing is correct. There needs to be space between RT and our Twitter handle and there can’t be any spaces between the @ sign and the person’s name.
The great thing about copying and pasting with the retweet method, is that you can add your own commentary if the retweet doesn’t add up to the 160 characters that Twitter allows.
If there’s room you may say “great advice” or “funny” so that people can see your opinion on this tweet and then you just simply click “tweet” and you’ll see it show up in your Twitter stream right at the top.
This was Emelie for LKR showing you how to retweet.