Why Twitter's One-Click ReTweet Feature Is Absolute Garbage.

Real Estate Agent with Kimberly Howell Properties (210) 646-HOME

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I'm unhappy with Twitter.

Twitter recently introduced a new feature - a one click retweet feature.  For those that have been using programs like TweetDeck and Seesmic Desktop, this is nothing new.  I've long hoped Twitter would create a one-click feature for retweeting, as I do quite a bit of it on my RErockstar Twitter account.  I use retweets to pass on interesting information, follow up on someone's comment, and share real estate news with my fellow agents and San Antonio locals.

A few days ago, I tried the retweet feature.  I clicked the button and expected to see a message box appear with the familiar "RT @so-and-so blah blah blah" which I would then add a bit of thought to.  Instead, it just sent out the retweet.  It shared the information I thought was interesting, but didn't give me a chance to add my own thoughts.  Although it is sometimes hard to add in comments (usually placed between [ and ] to make it know that you're saying that) because of the 140 character limit, I do try to make comments as often as possible.  I want people to know why I choose to share this with them.  Otherwise I might as well just be broadcasting anything and everything.  That's not social in my view and the point of Twitter is to draw in a social element to the internet.

Imagine if I stood on a busy street corner and everytime someone walked by I told them something someone else had said to me.  "I'm free after 3:30."  " Agreeing with me is probably more reason to see a shrink." "Is it new or is it the one from the '80s?" "That's my usual spot on Wednesdays. I heard they might build one out in Helotes!"  (All of these were actual things said to me today.)  Would anyone walking down that street care?  Would any of my friends that passed by care?  I doubt it.

That's what the one-click retweet feature is like to me.  Senseless noise with no social interaction.  If you wish to retweet something I said, please add something to the conversation.  I'll appreciate it so much more.


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Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate

Kind of like reblogging on ActiveRain without offering any thoughts as to the merit of the topic?

Dec 03, 2009 06:21 AM #1
Susan Brown
Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too) - Kingwood, TX

Matt, I see your point.  And your senseless noise scenario on the street corner made me LOL. 

Dec 03, 2009 06:42 AM #2
Marcus Barber
Exit IH-10 Realty www.RealtyPromo.com - San Antonio, TX


I too tried the retweet feature today for the first time on my travel related twitter account and was surprised that once I clicked 'retweet' it was a done deal.  I expected the option to add my two cents to the tweet instead of just reposting the message to my feed.  For the time being I'll be retweeting the old fashioned way.  

Dec 03, 2009 06:42 AM #3
Matt Stigliano
Kimberly Howell Properties (210) 646-HOME - San Antonio, TX

Mike - I should have added that into my post.  Great point.

Susan - To me it's like saying "try this product" when you've never used it yourself.

Marcus - It's not I'm asking for unheard of technology - it's been around forever on Twitter apps, just not on Twitter.

Dec 03, 2009 07:40 AM #4
Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX

I re-tweet for the same reasons as you and when i noticed the same issue, just went back to the old RT @ form of re-tweeting!

Dec 03, 2009 01:01 PM #5
Christopher Johnston
The Johnston Team - Metairie, LA

It also does it in such a way that the retweets don't show up in your mentions on the various Twitter app. I'm sure they will add it eventually, Tweetdeck did, but it is kind of pain the Twitter implemented it.

Dec 12, 2009 02:28 AM #6
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

Matt, same thing for TweetDecks new retweet feature - what's with the two pics???  I guess I'm an old fashioned kind of gal...  I have my settings to "edit then retweet"...

Dec 12, 2009 04:01 AM #7
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

I rarely feel the need to add additional characters to a retweet. If it was good enough for me to retweet in the first place, it's good enough to stand on its own.

Dec 12, 2009 04:08 AM #8
Sara Abbas
Realty Austin - Cedar Park, TX
CNE, CDRS - 512-522-4990

I thought the exact same thing when I tried it for the first time today.  How did they not think the feature through?  I rarely retweet without adding something, so it's useless to me.

Dec 27, 2009 03:39 PM #9
Matt Stigliano
Kimberly Howell Properties (210) 646-HOME - San Antonio, TX

It's really ashame that they missed the mark with it.  They could have easily taken their retweet model from how everyone had been doing RTs before they came along with this "new" idea.  Even the various plugins that allow you to RT blog posts understand the need for additional commentary.  Twitter - you should have paid more attention.

Dec 28, 2009 12:29 AM #10
Sam DeBord
SeattleHome.com -Coldwell Banker Danforth - Seattle, WA
Seattle Real Estate Broker

I'm unhappy with Twitter.

[Well put.  Social interaction is the point, not carbon-copy posting.]

Jan 11, 2010 01:45 AM #11
Kim Dove
Watson Realty Corp - Jacksonville, FL
Realtor - Jacksonville FL

Ok I have never tried retweeting or tweetdeck. I guess I had better place those in my bag of tricks also.

Jan 12, 2010 06:19 PM #12

It's not THAT big a deal.

Instead of clicking one button to ReTweet, you can compose it the old-fashioned way:

RT @(user) and the message.

I run moTweets on my Windows Mobile phone, and it actually gives me the option of which behavior (old or new) I'd like to follow with Retweets.

Sounds like your beef is more with your Twitter client than it is with Twitter.

Jan 20, 2010 08:28 AM #13
Matt Stigliano
Kimberly Howell Properties (210) 646-HOME - San Antonio, TX

Ike - I do compose them the old fashioned way if I'm on the Twitter site.  My mobile Twitter client allows me to retweet with or without comments since they upgraded to match Twitter's new retweet feature.  Before that, it always allowed comments.  My beef is not with my Twitter client, but with Twitter.  They saw a trend of retweeting and decided to add it into their site, but the implementation of it was poor at best.  The lack of commenting in their retweet feature seems to steer people away from the social aspect of social media and instead into a parroting nation of Twitter streams.  That's my "beef."

Jan 20, 2010 09:09 AM #14
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