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Twitter Finally Giving Users Retweet Feature

That Should Make the Whole Process Easier

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Twitter announced that it intends to add a retweet option to its service as well as the API. Retweeting has basically become a huge part of the Twitter culture, but it is not a function that is readily available on Twitter itself.

Users have to actually take the time and to enter the information themselves. Co-founder Biz Stone acknowledges that this can be "cumbersome". Twitter is calling the initiative "project retweet." Stone explains on the Twitter Blog:

Phase one of project retweet is to show the developer community how it will work from an API perspective as well as a user perspective. We’re still working out the final details, but this sketch gives you the basic idea. Let’s say you follow @jessverr, @biz (that’s me), and @gregpass but you don’t follow @ev. However, I do follow @ev and the birth of his baby boy was so momentous that I retweeted it to all my followers.

RetweetingImagine that my simple sketch is your Twitter timeline. You’d see @ev’s tweet even though you don’t follow him because you follow me and I really wanted you to have the information that I have. (The star, reply, and retweet options only show up when you hover over a row on Twitter.com which is why you don’t see them all the time.) Also, if you find my retweets annoying, then you’ll be able to turn them off.

Twitter doesn’t quite have it worked out how the feature and API will work. Either way, developers and users can expect the feature to launch within the next several weeks.

Twitter Finally Giving Users Retweet Feature
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  • http://www.selectyourfranchise.com Franchise UK

    Awesome! This added feature will make retweeting so much easier… will be a welcome addition to Twitter in my opinion.

    Joe

  • http://www.trackermo.com Tracker Mo

    Tweetdeck has offered retweeting for some time now. Maybe Biz should check with them… ?

    Mo

  • http://blog.hichamaged.net/ Hicham

    This is a nice -yet basic- features. It’s not only about retweeting but also allow tweeters to discover more people as explained when you find reply from someone even you are not following :D

    On the other hand, it’s excellent for those who don’t want to use any desktop applications and prefer to use the Web interface. Hopefully we’ll see it in action soon.

  • http://wealthpossibilities.com Karen

    What a great idea – duh. Since tweetdeck already has it, I never use twitter, it just isn’t as user friendly. It will be great for those people not on tweetdeck, that’s for sure.

  • http://www.kennychronicles.com Garrett Williams

    Not to be left out, Twhirl has also had a Retweet button for a long time. I’m sure it’s pretty common with Twitter apps. The apps in general have more features than Twitter.com

  • http://jamiefavreau.wordpress.com Jamie Favreau

    This is a great addition I was teaching someone how to RT last night. So having this feature would be a great addition and might be able to help struggling newbies.