Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A ReTweet Says Love

ReTweeting is the Epitome of Engagement

We  should all download this "Classic ReTweet Button for Mozilla Firefox" which will allow you to use the cut/paste way of ReTweeting.   Another reason for doing this "classic retweet method" is that people can see you engaging them, communicating with them.  It is also available on Chrome.  

Twitter works better on Mozilla, and has  surpassed Explorer as the World's most popular browser. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/classic-retweet/

Another of the primary uses of the traditional retweet is not to 'repeat' something at all, but to start or continue a conversation, with 2, 3, sometimes even 4 or 5 people participating in a single tweet. In this type of classic retweet, you're repeating something in order to preserve the conversational thread. If you use Twitter's "ReTweet" button then people have to hover over your profile, and it takes a while, and I have noticed over the years, but moreso recently, that fewer and fewer people thank you for the ReTweet that way.

For instance, I was just working on a new account last night, and ReTweeted some very large accounts.
I retweeted the same people using Twitter's RT button, and then with another account, retweeted the same people, and the same tweet using the “Classic ReTweet” Method. It would be obvious to any Twitter veteran who will get the fastest response, but I wanted to be fair to the originators of the Tweet, and to the reading audience.

Those tweets where we used Twitter's button were ignored; at least from the standpoint that the originators did not respond at all. 

When Others Use the RT Button, It Helps Us, But We Can't Get Back To Them Easily

But from the Classic ReTweet, we got results fast!! Instead of blowing her off, or ignoring it like they would have if we used the RT button, they thanked her, engaged her, spoke to her and commented. A much better result, because when someone communicates with us, their entire timeline can see it, and we get free advertising.

In a nutshell, this will allow you to get more benefit from "engagement" and make it easier to communicate. Here's the button: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/classic-retweet/ it only takes a minute to install. If you have Chrome, then you can find a link to the same button for chrome at the bottom right hand corner of this page: http://jonpierce.github.com/classic-retweet/

Lastly, I would like to add that Twitter wants us to use the RT button, not for our benefit but for a commercial purpose. It is easier for vender applications, and Tweet counters to show Lady GaGa or Johnson Wax that “You've been ReTweeted 1,831 times this month!! Your message is spreading!” . Us normal people hardly factor into the equation for them. Which is probably another reason, albeit Twitter would deny that it is so hard to actually thank someone, or respond to anyone who uses their RT Button. It just takes too long, and it is too much trouble.

Remember, when someone engages with us, even ever so slightly and momentarily, we make a connection, and we enhance our experience on Twitter. And in life.

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