On Thu, 13 Aug 2009 23:55:44 +0100 (BST)
AlisonW <alis...@gmail.com> wrote:

> The idea is great, but the execution (imho) leaves a lot to be
> desired.
> There are two types of retweet in my experience:
> The first is the 'plain' duplication of the original tweet, with just
> the "RT @scnreename " on the front, and the proposed API additions
> serve this very well.
> But many, indeed I'd argue the majority, of retweets I see are ones
> where the original message - often a few words and a link - has been
> commented upon by the retweeter, ie it is *not* a duplication.
> Sometimes the original is short enough that the commenter can get in
> with the character limit, sometimes they 'shorten' the original text
> to get in their comment.
> There is far greater "added value" in a retweet when people add their
> own comment before sending it on its way. Plain re-transmission just
> fills up the screen.

Right. And this mechanism will provide a way to differentiate between
plain retweets and value added retweets.

+1 to the API team.


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