Sarah Macmillan (c) 2004 – Flickr Creative Commons
Social media experts are known for their opining. Like it or not, extreme positioning tends to garner both positive and negative attention.
As a dispensary of “unsolicited advice” I’ve made the enemy or two in my day. My thought, however, is this: why not experiment around?
One thing we can count on in social media is that trends, platforms, and accepted notions change over time.
By now, most people know what I think of Twitter’s Retweet Button.
But there is an element of style in the retweet. Style in tweeting is like jeans – there’s a fit for everyone.
1. Old School RT
This is traditionally done by clicking reply on a tweet, copying the text of the original tweet, and pasting after the user’s name. Then you put “RT” in the front of the tweet and click send.
Hootsuite and Tweetdeck (as well as their rival third party apps) have buttons that make this much easier. In Hootsuite, however, you have to change the settings for this retweet style to be activated.
On Twitter mobile this is called “Quote Tweet.” I still don’t get why they don’t have that option on the web version, but I digress. Read more ›
Nothing sets me on edge like the retweet button.
Twitter shot themselves in the foot when they took an organic, user-generated syntax (the retweet) and made a button for it.
Sure, maybe I lose credibility in your eyes because I don’t have an MBA in Marketing but I have been tweeting since 2007 (as @gidgey), in the BRTB days (before retweet button).
Now, you can take my advice or you bounce from the blog. But my perspective is always to be a help.
I’ll start with the benefits of the Retweet Button.
- People like to be able to say that their tweet was retweeted x amount of times. Even I have fallen into this trap from time to time.
- Some tweets are just too awesome or too long to edit in order to Retweet.
- People claim it curbs traffic on Twitter. I’m not sure if that’s actually true but I’ll capitulate to the point for the purpose of this post.
Here are some of the reasons why I don’t use Twitter’s Retweet Button:
When a “reply” suffices as in a case where “You’re welcome” or “Thank you” are appropriate responses, the retweet makes you look lazy. Yep, I said it.
Now, don’t get your feelings all hurt, I’m not going to call anyone out and show screenshots or anything. Just think before you press “retweet.” Is it the appropriate response? Remember, Twitter is for conversations, not just mirroring a statement back to the original sender. Read more ›
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Windows 95 by davidak, on Flickr
Do you sometimes know you should be more like Windows 8 but feel like a Costco-bought Dell using Windows 95 with 8 MB of RAM (and only because you went to Fry’s and bought 4 extra megs at $100 a piece and installed them yourself) running the new AOL 5.0 using a dial up modem?
Do you think you’re a Maverick but feel more like a Tiger?
Are you constantly adding apps to your phone that makes it run like a flip phone?
Am I making a point here? Yes. I may be stretching the limits of this analogy by the limitations of my knowledge of computer science but go with me on this one.
Your Brain Has a Cache
Yes. Your brain has a cache. I’d like to say it’s the background processing and may even include your subconscious. Then again, I may have abused the analogy, forgiveness is requested.
Clearing the Brain’s Cache.
Do you feel like you’re “always on?”
Do you agree to take on tasks because “it’ll just take a few minutes?”
Do you have trouble saying “no?”
A yes answer to any of these questions may mean that you need to clear your brain’s cache and delete some apps. Read more ›