Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Flipboard 0 Sarah Macmillan (c) 2004 – Flickr Creative Commons Social media experts are known for their opining. Like it or not, extreme positioning tends to garner both positive and negative attention. As a dispensary of “unsolicited advice” I’ve made the enemy or two in my day. My thought, however, is this: why not experiment around? One thing we can count on in social media is that trends, platforms, and accepted notions change over time. By now, most people know what I think of Twitter’s Retweet Button. But there is an element of style in the retweet. Style in tweeting is like jeans – there’s a fit for everyone. 1. Old School RT This is traditionally done by clicking reply on a tweet, copying the text of the original tweet, and pasting after the user’s name. Then you put “RT” in the front of the tweet and click send. Hootsuite and Tweetdeck (as well as their rival third party apps) have buttons that make this much easier. In Hootsuite, however, you have to change the settings for this retweet style to be activated. On Twitter mobile this is called “Quote Tweet.” I still don’t get why they don’t have that option on the web version, but I digress. Example: Original Tweet: These Are the Most Exquisitely Weird Spiders You Will Ever See bit.ly/17hyize— Chris Fleury (@cfleury) August 01, 2013 RT: RT @cfleury These Are the Most Exquisitely Weird Spiders You Will Ever See bit.ly/17hyize— Bridget Willard (@YouTooCanBeGuru) August 01, 2013 2. Modified Tweet (MT) If the original tweet is very much longer than 120 characters, you may have to edit the tweet to get under the 140 character limit. If you do this, then put MT instead of RT and use an ellipis (…) where the text is cut off. 3. Comment Tweet This retweet has a comment in front to continue the conversation. This is my preferred style. Example: That’ll cause nightmares. @cfleury These Are the Most Exquisitely Weird Spiders You Will Ever See bit.ly/17hyize— Bridget Willard (@YouTooCanBeGuru) August 01, 2013 4. Rewrite Tweet This is a hybrid between the comment and the hat tip. Especially if the tweet has a link, I may use a quote or something in an article that I like better than the original tweet’s text but still want to give credit. When I do this, I usually add the website or author’s Twitter handle, if known. I may even add an appropriate hashtag. Example: Long Horned Orb Weaver: “Mother of all spiny spiders!” by @Wired bit.ly/16bmcsu via @cfleury #Gross— Bridget Willard (@YouTooCanBeGuru) August 01, 2013 5. Hat Tip (h/t) Tweet You saw the link somewhere else (Facebook, G+, Instagram, et al) but still want to give this user source credit. Use the hat tip by adding “h/t @username” at the end. Example: These Are the Most Exquisitely Weird Spiders You Will Ever See @Wired bit.ly/16bmcsu h/t @cfleury— Bridget Willard (@YouTooCanBeGuru) August 01, 2013 Twitter Tweet Facebook Share Email This article originally appeared on You, too, can be a Guru. and has been republished with permission.Find out how to syndicate your content with B2C Author: Kane Pepi Kane Pepi is an experienced financial and cryptocurrency writer with over 2,000+ published articles, guides, and market insights in the public domain. Expert niche subjects include asset valuation and analysis, portfolio management, and the prevention of financial crime. Kane is particularly skilled in explaining complex financial topics in a user-friendlyView full profile ›More by this author:VoIP Basics: Everything Beginners Should Know!Bitcoin Investment, Trading & Mining: The Ultimate Guide for BeginnersIs This a Better Way to Set Your 2020 Goals and Resolutions?