[fr] Le "retweeting", ou l'équivalent chez Twitter du forwarding d'e-mails.
So, lately, when people have asked me for a hand with something, all I’ve had to offer (due to a very tight time budget) has been along the lines of “I’ll be happy to retweet it”.
I got a few (virtual) blank stares.
Retweeting is the Twitter equivalent of e-mail forwarding.
It’s used to help spread requests for assistance further, or let more people know about fun and interesting stuff.
How does it work?
You write a tweet. Keep it under 120/125 chars (to leave a little space for the retweeting).
Some Twitter clients, like twhirl, for example, offer a “retweet” feature: just hit the retweet button and the tweet in question is “forwarded” with a prefix (I choose “RT” as it’s shorter than “retweeting” and each character counts).
If your client doesn’t support this, you can always just copy-paste the tweet by hand. The format is:
retweeting @somebody: original twitter message here!
RT @somebody: original twitter message here!
If I retweet something, my followers get to see it too.
The big difference between forwarding an e-mail and retweeting a tweet is that when you forward an e-mail, you are the one who decides who it goes to. With twitter, your tweet is sent to those who have elected to follow you.