The Twitterhood

Twitterhood Info Home
All-in-one listing of the applications and websites included on this website
Twitter Tutorials, Guides and Views
Twitter Clients - Applications for tweeting and viewing tweets
Applications for Finding, Following and Unfollowing People on Twitter
Miscellaneous Twitter-related Applications and Websites
#followfriday What it means and how it works
#coffeetime How to participate
Sharing files including photos and video on Twitter
Applications for Muting individuals temporarily
Retweets and Retweeting
Twitter Statistics and Analysis Tools - Personal and General



When you want to share a tweet with everyone who follows you, all you have to do is type RT at the beginning of the message and tweet it. In the same way, you will receive tweets that have been forwarded to everyone by people you are following.

When you see RT at the beginning of a tweet and want to respond to it, make sure you respond to the original tweeter e.g.: "@linnetwoods RT @name: Get a free SEO e-book" means that I have forwarded @name's tweet and, if you want the free e-book, you will need to tweet @name, not me!

If you want something re-tweeted, remember to keep it short because, in addition to your message, the tweet will have to contain RT and your @name so people know who to respond to (or at least who put the original tweet out). If you want something re-tweeted, say so by adding Pls RT or something similar at the end. Try to reserve requests for re-tweets for things that really matter.

I tend to automatically re-tweet, unasked, if I think a tweet is particularly important, or of interest, to enough people in the Twitterhood. Just because I don't re-tweet something of yours, it doesn't mean I thought less of it. I may have already re-tweeted a number of times and not want to bombard everyone or it may have slipped past me at a busy time. If it is really important, feel free to send your tweet directly to me, by putting @linnetwoods at the beginning of it, or even as a DM (Direct Message), to make sure I see it.

Retweet Radar "Finding trends in the mountains of information 'retweet'ed on Twitter", as it says at the top of this page, describes succinctly the point of this application which shows who and what is currently being retweeted the most. Why one would want to now that is not explained but I have no doubt that plenty of people will be interested to know for one reason or another :-) The creator, @retweetradar , can be followed for hourly trends on hot terms, people and retweeted URLs on Twitter and the page is at:

Retweet Rank To paraphrase the creator of this site Saurabh Sahni @saurabhsahni : "Retweetrank lets you find the rank of any Twitter user. Along with the rank, the latest retweets of the user are shown and an RSS feed can also be grabbed for the same. Monitoring retweets can provide better audience understanding to the originator whilst others can see a user's most interesting tweets. The top ranked Twitter users, those who have been most retweeted recently, are listed in the leaderboard. They are the ones producing most interesting content across the twittersphere."

Tragically, #6 on that leaderboard when I went to the page was Gary McCaffrey whose artificial follower-gathering scheme is hugely popular with those who believe that gaming Twitter is clever and/or will get them somewhere they want to go. I have toyed with the idea of blocking every follower who has one of those retweets anywhere on their profile but most are unaware of the fact that this is a cynical ploy disguised as a fun thing to do. Gary McCaffrey himself had 20,904 followers and was following 151 people. Do the math yourself and you will get the picture. More fool anyone who gets sucked into this scheme.

Retweetist To quote the website " * If you find yourself copying other people's Twitter messages and reposting them with such codes as "retweet" or "RT", you may be a Retweetist. Don't worry, you are not alone. In fact so many people are RT'ing that we can use this to see what are some of the most valued topics out there. "

  If you have, or know of, a Retweet-related application that you think I should include here, feel free to tweet me about it! @linnetwoods







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