Who would win in a fight: New or old style Twitter retweets? (Poll Closed)

  • New Twitter retweets
    699 votes

  • Old Twitter retweets
    1,625 votes

  • Tie: It's just too close to call.
    227 votes


Posted 9 years.


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  • Fhooth - 9 years ago

    Old style better if you have an app that supports it (and makes it just as fast and simple) so I use the Tweetosaurus iPhone app for that reason

  • Mary L. Tabor - 9 years ago

    I use both and like the option of the new retweet because it is quick and efficient, but still allows me to use the old version that requires me to type in the RT, copy the tweet, and rewrite as I wish, I do so when my comment might add something. Well, a girl can hope... Bravo Twitter.

  • Bev - 9 years ago

    I prefer the ORIGINAL retweet feature, with the ability to include my thoughts, comments WITH the RT ...not just a "copy" of the existing version

  • Janna - 9 years ago

    Old is gold because it allows for editorial commentary. If I'm retweeting, I wanna tell you why. (**I copied and pasted this comment from "Pat" because it is exactly what I wanted to say**)

  • Martin Wanke - 9 years ago

    I use both versions at the moment (old style if I wish to add comments, new style otherwise). As others wrote above, I would like a combination (both the possibility to add comments to my followers and the features of new style).

  • Brad - 9 years ago

    New reweets are better, while they can be annoying since they are re-pasted on your wall if one of the people you follow retweets.

  • JerseyRed - 9 years ago

    Ditto on ThankGod4Karma. Ability to editorialize on a RT is key; would love it if the new tool included this. Otherwise, it's just sharing. I usually want to know WHY someone is sharing something.

  • Hannah - 9 years ago

    With the old style, it's more obvious at a glance that it's a retweet. Also, I love the commentary.

  • Roz - 9 years ago

    What @ThankGod4Karma said. I'd happily press one more button if only the RT tool fed the tweet to my bar and then let me edit/add before posting.

  • Allen MacCannell - 9 years ago

    Funny enough, I'm new-style RTing this article but I have normally been a major advocate for old-style RTs =)

    The new-style RT is really an LT = Like This or Share.

    The old style allowed one to correct spelling mistakes or extraneous material relating to a link or shorten it so one could then be re-RT'd and be in the new retweeter's tweet - which is what social media was supposed to be all about until the new RT came along.

    After all, there has to be a very high incentive for someone to do an RT in the first place. They have built their audience and their tweets, even if referring to others, should still belong to them (with new RTs, the RT doesn't belong to the retweeter - the tweet is the original as seen by its URL which is the original tweet).

    The new RT made it so one gets very, very little credit for being the middle man. At best, the original tweeter (or the last person to old-style RT something - in my case @kim) will see that I RT'd her when she checks the new Retweet page once per month or once per week (if I am lucky).

    On the other hand, it is nice for the original tweeter to get one's full tweet rebroadcast. Remember, if you are the middle man and the original tweeter deletes their tweet, everything disappears.

    I do about 2 out of 3 old-style with 1 out of 3 new-style. Twitter should change the name of the new style to Like This (LT) or Share

  • Ileane - 9 years ago

    I like the old style retweets. I use HootSuite and rarely tweet anything from the Twitter site anyway. I'm wondering how the statistics for "best time of day for retweets" and "best retweeted words" are being counted now with the new retweets - or can they be?

  • nrek - 9 years ago

    The new way works for RT's that don't need a commentary & the literal translation of retweeting someone makes it a feature that's intuitive to new users and existing.

    The old way I can still do the way I've always done it.

    Therefore the new feature enables more than disables; now if Twitter would just use a double icon (like used in Tweetdeck for example) their troubles with the new RT feature would be pretty much moot.

  • BDLyle - 9 years ago

    I agree with Pat, I like to comment on retweets sometimes & Twitter took that away with the new RT.

  • Jeremy - 9 years ago

    I agree with ThankGod4Karma (and everyone else too) --- the ability to add editorial is important to me. Hence my vote. A solid evolution of the new feature would be that editorial ability. Trick then is character count. A pure retweet (as the new one is) keeps the entire tweet. Even old RT-style without commentary could sometimes require clever edits because the original person's twitter handle used up characters (as did the "RT"). But if a hybrid is possible (or an option to retweet as is vs. edit), that would be optimal. Perhaps in that fine print "Retweeted by" line the new ones have, an evolved version could offer 40-50 characters to editorialize there? "Retweeted by xxxx // [insert reason]"

  • ThankGod4Karma - 9 years ago

    If it's just plain good info and you want to pass it on, the new feature is excellent and efficient. If you want to add a comment to the retweet the old way is important. Thus, I'd hate to see them eliminate either method. Ideally, there would emerge a hybrid of the two... a button to press to simply retweet it (the new way) but also once the button is pressed a box could pop up to add any commentary by providing a quick edit to the new retweeted tweet!

  • dMagy - 9 years ago

    I agree with the comments so far. I like the attribution of the new retweet but I think I would like to have some sort of threaded comment ability.

  • Pafzko - 9 years ago

    The Old, when using Seesmic the New RT sometimes shows the RT and I know I'm not following and goofs me up.

  • Tony Vahl - 9 years ago

    I'm pretty new to twitter. I like being able to retweet if I just want to pass along info, but I have to agree Pat and Raven that adding editorial commentary comes in handy when you want to share your thoughts while sharing the info.

  • Pat - 9 years ago

    Old is gold because it allows for editorial commentary. If I'm retweeting, I wanna tell you why.

  • raven - 9 years ago

    I like them both; the old style to add a comment and the new one simply to retweet. I would miss adding the comments tho so I'll go with the old style.

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