If you spend as much time on Twitter as I do (and I’m not even one of the worst/best!) you have likely become fluent in the subtleties of the strange language that is the tweet. If you’re brand new, you’re probably confused as hell. Ah, well. All in good time, young grasshopper.
I thought I’d have a little bit of fun today by putting my spin on one of those old magazine quizzes about random crap like “what your hairdo says about you.” Some of it is legit. If you’re new, you can learn the proper ways to retweet different types of content. And some of it is just good-natured teasing. For that reason, I’m only using my own tweets and retweets as examples, just in case anyone has twisty panties. (My apologies in advance to anyone named Person McGee.)
I hope you enjoy this in the spirit it was intended. Without further ado, what the way you retweet says about you:
Pushing the retweet button on:
*Something that someone else says.
You thought it was funny or clever enough to share as-is.
Something funny that someone else says in response to you.
You wanted your followers to see that you prompted such cleverness.
A compliment that someone gives you.
It made you feel so good you just had to share (as opposed to favorite).
*Someone else’s share of your content.
A) You’re lazy.
or B) They said it better than you could.
A #FF (follow Friday) list that includes you.
You’re a braggart. A clutter-causing braggart.
A “thank you for the #FF” list that includes someone else.
You’re the devil.
RT @Person_McGee Original tweet.
A) You want your face in everyone’s timeline as much as possible. (Otherwise you’d just push the retweet button.)
or B) You’re super old-school. What’s this retweet button crap?
*My answer. RT @Person_McGee Original tweet?
A) You think it’s a question others might have, and your answer might help.
or B) Your answer is funny and/or clever.
*My comment. RT @Person_McGee Original tweet.
A) You want to explain why you’re retweeting.
or B) You want to add a compliment or highlight something about the content.
My comment. RT @Person_McGee @Me Original tweet sent directly to me.
A) You’re so famous that your followers want to see all of your @ conversations.
or B) You think you’re that famous.
RT @Person_McGee Original tweet. // My thoughts.
You’re old school.
RT @Person_McGee Original tweet Mixed in with my thoughts.
A) You’re disorganized and/or ADHD.
or B) You revel in shrouding yourself in conundrum, sending your followers into fits of confusion.
My comment. RT @Person_3 Snark. @Person_2 Someone’s tweet answer. RT @Person_1 Original tweet question.
You spend too much time on Twitter.
*Denotes the methods that I find most preferable.
There you have it! Did I miss any? How do you retweet?