Twitter Adds Comment Feature To Retweets

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You know how before when you retweeted something, it just tweeted out the exact tweet you were retweeting unless you quoted it yourself and added something that the 140-character limit would allow you to squeeze in?

Twitter is now making it easier for you to add your own comments to a retweet without counting the original tweet against your character limit. You do have a limit, but you get 116 characters in a new comment box to make your point.

To use the feature, just click the retweet button, and you'll see the comment box above the tweet.

For some reason the original tweet doesn't display in an embed, but oh well.

Just so you know, you can't retweet your own quote tweet. I don't know why you'd think that you could since you can't retweet your own tweets in the first place, but Twitter felt the need to point that out, so I might as well too.

The feature is available from the iOS app and the web version of Twitter. It will hit Android soon, the company says.

According to TheNextWeb, Twitter is planning to include support for the feature in its API, so the functionality will work with third-party apps.

Chris Crum

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