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Retweet icate

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Do you know how to retweet properly?  There are several people who do not; they are sometimes referred to as a retweet thief.  If you are not familiar with Twitter, you may be wondering what retweeting is.  A tweet is a statement or thought that you post on Twitter.  Retweeting is when you repeat or repost another person’s tweet.  The proper way to do this is to give credit to the original poster, although many people forget that part. 

The proper way to retweet is to begin with RT or Retweet and the person who posted the original tweet’s name.  For example, RT @ Hello …, the @ Hello would be followed by the statement or post.

You may be wondering why this is important.  If you look at twitter the same way you would look at blog post or newspaper article, the importance becomes a little clearer.  You would not copy someone’s blog post or article without giving them the proper credit, because that is their work. The same concept should be applied to retweets, the original poster deserves the credit because they did the work to either find a specific article, or write one of their own.  Let’s be honest, we would not want anyone to do that to us.

Another disadvantage to retweet theft is that it will not help your popularity on Twitter, at all.  If you constantly RT the wrong way or purposely post the tweet as your own, other Twitter members will notice.  Twitter is a social network, all about meeting new people and making new contacts.  The best way to do that is to give credit where credit is due.

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