If you’re new to Twitter, Retweet styles can be a bit confusing.
When you’re on Twitter.com and click “Retweet”, it doesn’t look like it does much—it just shows a few green arrows to indicate that you’ve Retweeted a Tweet.
But your friends are Retweeting and adding their own comments. How do they do that?
There are three main Retweet methods and styles:
1. Inline Retweet from within Twitter.com
Your followers will see the original Tweet with the picture of the original author, along with the text “Retweeted by @soandso”.
2. Copy and Paste
Just copy the author’s username and the text of the Tweet and rearrange it to your own satisfaction.
3. Use a Client
In HootSuite and TweetDeck, you can choose to use the inline Retweets in the style of Twitter.com or to have the text automatically ready for you to edit and RT. With the Buffer app for browsers, you can click “Buffer” under any Tweet on Twitter.com and it will give bring up the text and username of the Tweet for you to edit before you RT.
Which RT style should you choose?
I prefer to add my own commentary or use a slightly different quote when I RT, just to make it different from what everyone else is Tweeting. Plus, users have the option to turn off RTs from individual people they follow—but that only turns off the inline RTs, so for maximum exposure, you’d edit your RTs.
However, inline RTs are much easier, because you don’t have to reduce a wordy Tweet to make room for the text and the username. So if you’re looking for the easiest way to RT, or won’t have time to do anything but the quickest method—use inline. But if you want more flexibility and exposure in what you share, copy and paste or use a client.