You’ve sent a few tweets over the last week – hopefully you’ve found plenty in your everyday routine as an academic which would be of interest to others, whether they are your Coventry colleagues, peers in your field, other professions within or beyond Higher Education such as policy, journalism or publishing, or to the general public.
But it really would be hard work to generate all the material yourself to feed your followers with regular, interesting tweets! Fortunately, you don’t have to – you can retweet the tweets of others. It’s sort of like forwarding an email, but to everyone who’s following you. They see the content of the original tweet, who it came from originally, and perhaps also a contextualising comment from you. By doing this, you’re performing a valuable service:
- to your followers, by sifting the stream of information available to them, filtering out what’s potentially interesting to them, and also by making them aware of potential new contacts they can add to their network. They may already follow the person you’ve retweeted, in which case you’re bringing their attention to something they may have missed the first time. They may not yet follow the original tweeter, in which case, you’ve made available to them information they may not have had access to, and given them a new contact to follow.
- to the people you follow, by amplifying their message and spreading it outside their network (and also possibly putting them in touch with new contacts)
- and of course, you’re displaying to others that you’re well connected to interesting and important people, and that you are a discerning judge of what information is interesting and significant!
I’ve been retweeting items I hoped might be of interest to you and my other followers on @HJSears over the last week. To retweet a message, you simply click on the ‘retweet’ button and which appears below each tweet when you hover over it.
The message will then appear in your followers’ twitter streams as if it appeared from the original sender, even though they may not follow them (although they might!). The tweet that they see will be marked with ‘retweeted by @yourname’ in small lettering, so if they look, they can tell that it was you who retweeted it.
However, as with sending @messages using ‘reply’, if you simply use Twitter’s ‘retweet’ button, you’re missing out on retweeting in the most effective way using Quoting.
All you do is click “Retweet” as you normally would but now there is a box with “Add a comment…” that appears before the final “Retweet” button – click to send it live. On iOS you simply select “Quote Tweet” and add your comment from there. The end result is your comment above the original tweet, including the original photo if it had one.
So have a look at your twitter stream and see if you can find tweets you think your followers might be interested in – funding opportunities, calls for papers, an item of news, a new blog post or publication someone’s tweeted about, a comment you agree with…and start retweeting! Use the #CU10DoT hashtag if you think it will be of interest to this community.
Twitter: Retweeting another Tweet