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I'm pretty much a noob when it comes to Twitter and I have a question about retweets.

 

I've seen some people retweeting and it quotes the tweet but in front of that they get to add their own message.

 

So it looks like this:

Awesome tweet! RT @crumblepie Just a tweet

 

When I press the Retweet link though, it just displays the tweet itself and doesn't let me add a message. So how do they do it? Copy and paste??

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Either copy/paste or using a third-party app. I use TweetDeck since it's a million times better than the basic Twitter page - though every time they update it gets heavier, slower and more full of crap, just like all apps. Why won't these people learn that some of us don't want a million special functions... we just want a simple, clean screen...?

 

The retweet function on Twitter just puts RT in front of the original text. There's no special code or anything behind the scenes as far as I'm aware.

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Either copy/paste or using a third-party app. I use TweetDeck since it's a million times better than the basic Twitter page - though every time they update it gets heavier, slower and more full of crap, just like all apps. Why won't these people learn that some of us don't want a million special functions... we just want a simple, clean screen...?

 

The retweet function on Twitter just puts RT in front of the original text. There's no special code or anything behind the scenes as far as I'm aware.

Thanks for explaining I was also wondering that but is it any good to do so I mean do you profit ?
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Profit? In what way?

 

There's no money in it, if that's what you mean. It might make you stand out to the person you retweet (they get notified of it) and can put something interesting in your feed for your followers but that's about it. If that's what you mean by profit, then sure. :P

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Profit? In what way?

 

There's no money in it, if that's what you mean. It might make you stand out to the person you retweet (they get notified of it) and can put something interesting in your feed for your followers but that's about it. If that's what you mean by profit, then sure. :D

 

^This. I am not sure how you would monetize a twitter account. Maybe if you have a 100k followers and they aren't all bots. :P They charge for a few tweets like "check out xyz company" but other than that, you can't really make money tweeting or having your tweets retweeted.

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Actually, there are companies that will pay for sponsored tweets. And people who post them as tasks on the micro-tasking sites. You do have to have a significant following, though - and they're throwing their money away because anyone with 10k followers who's willing to tweet advertising crap is almost certainly an internet marketer... which means 99% of their following is bots and other marketers who'll completely ignore the tweet. :P

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Well there are plenty of bots on the internet that allow you to increase your followers. The key to build a targeted list of followers is to follow the followers of an authority figures in your niche. You also need to post some great content so that more and more people start following you. Over a period of time you can get a substantial number of followers and profit by recommending products and offers.

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Thanks for explaining it all to me SpikeTheLobster, you're fast becoming my favorite person on this forum! I had no monetization in mind when I posted this thread but I guess that's what it has become. To put my two cents in, I don't see Twitter as a direct way to profit, but as a way of reaching out to your customers and giving them better customer service, which indirectly leads to more profit for you! :P

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I'm with you on that one, Crumble (not about me being wonderful - about not monetising directly). I dislike marketing - which is odd when you consider I'm a freelancer - and I'm a firm believer in the hard-to-measure results we can get through word of mouth, personal references, interested followers and so on. I've never used my Twitter for advertising but I've certainly used it to "network" with other freelance writers and pass jobs and work around. It's also the first place I post any work I need doing, to make sure the right people see it first.

 

There are far too many people who see social networks as a big collection of gullible people to pound to death with advertising. I can't stand them and avoid them like the plague that they are. Eww, stinky smelly marketers. :P

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