Tweeting is fun, but when someone retweets our tweet we feel “good”. Know why? That’s cause we feel “loved” that someone took the time to share our tweet with their network. It gives us the warm and fuzzy that someone IS reading what we are saying AND it helps us spread our reach to others on Twitter making our time on Twitter feel worthwhile.
So how does Retweeting or RT’ing work? Why are some tweets retweeted and others not? Here’s my observation based on what makes a tweet RT’able to me:
If it’s a good cause, someone asking for help, someone politely requesting a RT cause they have a need of some kind, I’ll RT their tweets.
1. If someone is constantly sending “Pl. RT” tweets in an effort to God alone knows do what, I won’t RT their tweets.
2.Tweets focusing on health, breaking news, and something relevant to my heritage (Asian Indian), geographic location (Metro Detroit) are what I RT most.
3. I love humorous tweets and so I try to RT ones that are not inappropriate even if they make me chuckle.
4. Ok so you like apples … what about it? Sharing that in a more engaging manner may get you answers but try not to put out random tweets like “what did you eat for dinner, pl. RT” or “what’s your favourite dessert, pl. RT”. They make me go, “really people”?
Here’s what industry pundits seem to have observed about RT’ing:
1. Tweets with Links: Statistics show that tweet that include links get RT’d more. So guess what peeps, use links in your tweets!
2. Use Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis: No, I don’t mean that literally but apparently posts with longer words and more syllables seem to get more visibility. Better start using long words although how you’ll get your message across with only 3 characters out of 140 left over is beyond me.
3. Sound, Look, Act Intellectual: This surprised me but apparently appealing to a higher intellect get more RT love than ones that don’t. So, use your gray cells and post something that makes you sound intelligent (I know you are intelligent but you got to sound err tweet to show that, lol).
4. Be Unique: We already know that content is king and so the “quality” of your tweet content will get you higher RTs. No surprise there, right? So keep your tweets unique, interesting, and creative.
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