To retweet or to quote retweet... that is the question. Which is better? Sharing each other's work help us all to get our eyes in front of a new audience. There are benefits to both the originator and the quote re-tweeter. As with everything, there are positive and negatives.
Retweeting keeps the originator's tweet untouched. If any comments are placed in the retweet, both the originator and the re-tweeter are notified. When you quote-retweet, the originator will not be notified of any comments. Quote retweet establishes your own tweet, while referencing the source of inspiration.
A quote retweet can be a positive reinforcement of the original tweet, or it can be an opposing or negative viewpoint.
As a motivational author, all my quote retweets are complementary and share my writing inspired by their tweet. Here are tips to help you decide which option is best for you.
- I quote retweet using three hashtags I created. These hashtags help me maintain my brand.
- While anyone can use these hashtags, they've not become a trend, which I'm actually happy about. I'm a activity tracker. I track every activity I do on Twitter to help me see what is getting results and what isn't.
- I can quickly go into my profile, click on my hashtag and count the activity I've done.
- When I quote retweet, I am benefiting the originator by sharing with my audience how their tweet stimulated my thoughts. My audience follows me for my writing.
- Positive effects of quote retweeting is that I am introducing someone who inspires me.
- It provides my readers insight into how I process information. This gives them greater detail into my writing style.
- If the originator likes my quote retweet, it will show up in their likes tab.
- This benefits them by helping them create a sales funnel in their likes tab by showing how their tweets stimulates quality engagement.
- It keeps their original tweet in their likes tab.
- You can use a quote-retweet on your own tweets to enhance the original tweet.
- Liking your own quote re-tweet will help the originator's tweet remain in your likes tab.
- Using your likes tab as a sales funnel, helps you direct your readers interest.
- In the example below, you can see how the quote re-tweets will live in multiple touch points.
- Personal hashtag
- Likes page
- This gives the originator three touch points for their tweet to be seen.
- The power of engagement on Twitter, is in how you engage.
- Be selective in what you quote retweet, to ensure it meets both your brand and the originators brand.
- This will give you a greater success in your quote retweet being liked by the originator or even retweeted.
- Engaging with larger accounts, helps to introduce you to their audience while your benefiting them by engaging in several different ways to help increase their impressions.
- Quote Retweet
- Like on original
- Like on quote retweet
Regardless of what choice you make, be mindful that you are on social media with multiple opinions. What one finds beneficial, another may be offended and will report or block. This can occur with your tweets, comments, retweets or quote re-tweets.
- Get to know your audience.
- Learn which individuals will appreciate your efforts.
- Spread out your engagement throughout the day.