Thanks to Mashable for linking back to my post via – Breaking: Rollout of Twitter Retweet Feature Has Begun [PICS] with over 2,600 reactions causing the post to be a top trending post!
Just to cover the basics for you noobs, a retweet (RT) is when a user reshares an interesting tweet usually verbatim.
Example: I tweet under my personal account (@shinng), “This new Retweet feature looks interesting.” Anyone of my followers can retweet by “crediting” me for my tweet by inputting, “RT @shinng This new Retweet feature looks interesting.”
So going back to the breaking news: Much like the Twitter Lists, the ReTweet feature will be rolled out in phases. Luckily, one of the accounts I manage received a beta invite.
Just so I’m not confusing anyone. I am the voice behind @marketwire and this is the account that received the Twitter RT feature beta invite. My personal account @shinng DID NOT. In the screenshots below, I am logged in @marketwire (obviously).
The @marketwire Twitter account received the beta invitation for the Twitter ReTweet Feature and all I can say is, finally! A more efficient way of retweeting….
Screenshot 1 Twitter ReTweet Feature
This is what I saw not too long ago. I was pleasantly surprised, but bummed that my other accounts did not get the beta invite.
Screenshot 2 Twitter ReTweet Feature
Once again logged in @marketwire, if I click on a username, you will notice the green retweet button. The 1st shot is “on” and the 2nd shot is “off”. You can now prevent RTs from appearing in your timeline from specific users. NICE!!
Screenshot 3 Twitter ReTweet Feature
When you mouseover a tweet, again, notice the “retweet” button.
Screenshot 4 Twitter ReTweet Feature
Once a tweet has been RT’ed, you can “undo”. However, the biggest feature of this rollout is clearly the “retweeted by” section below the tweet. It will list all the users that have retweeted that tweet. A great way to find new followers of similar interests.