why don’t people retweet your tweets?

[if the title didn’t give it away, this is a post about tweeting on Twitter]

I was driving along today and had nigh on an epiphany….some people get retweeted constantly, while others not at all. Now, I’m not going to delve into the whole celebrity thing where people just retweet celebs in order to attempt to have some of their “thing” rub off on them; or into the “content” thing, as that is for a Social Media Guru to sort out for you. Actually, a brief comment on content, don’t expect absolute banalities to get retweeted, a quick sharp and witty comment is likely to get retweeted but that’s no guarantee.

For my observations of lack of retweeting we need to remember the concept of Twitter….social networking and microblogging service utilising instant messaging, SMS or a web interface in 140 characters or less. Think about it,

140 characters or less

what that means is that, if your message is 140 characters to begin with, anyone retweeting it will use their entire message allowance to send the tweet, leaving no room for the ubiquitous

RT: @camerontwigden

to tell the world that you are owed the credit.

You may have been retweeted, but not credited. The solution is simple though. If you think your tweet may be of retweet standards, shorten it. Allow for 6 spaces plus the length of your username; ie 140-6-14=120 [I used my 14 character username as an example]. So my tweet only has 120 characters before a possibility of fame from a retweet will be lost.

All I am showing here is how a little common sense and logic should be applied to the expectation of being retweeted. Having done this though, you still need to actually tweet something worth being retweeted. Good luck, and all the best.


About Cameron
I'm a final year Computer Science/Information Systems major. Already finished my BA in Politics/Philosophy. I do web and software freelance on the side, while I finish studying. Hoping to be self-employed by the end of my degree, otherwise off into the real-world I go....

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