This collapsing behavior is far from ideal and will cause people with
busy timelines to completely miss retweets.

Nobody is online 24x7, and if only the first retweet of an update is
shown in a user's timeline, they will miss completely it if the first
retweet happened several hours before they login and check their

In other words, someone can retweet the same update while they are
online and they still won't see it.

>From a Twitter-internal technical standpoint, new retweets are ideal
because it eliminates a lot of duplication and accompanying processing
and storage requirements.

>From a user's perspective, it is far from ideal.

With old-style retweets, if I saw ten retweets of the same thing, I
knew to check it out because obviously a lot of people felt it was
something worth sharing with their followers. With the new retweets,
I'm going to miss that completely. Even if I notice the first retweet,
the "retweeted by" section may show only one or two people, and I
won't know that the update was retweeted by twenty more people after I
happened to look at it.

In my irrelevant opinion, the new retweet feature is trying to fix
something that was not broken.


On Nov 17, 3:58 pm, Marcel Molina <> wrote:
> Should appear as a new tweet with the time of the retweet, not the
> original tweet creation time. That assumes though that no one else has
> retweeted it to you yet. If someone else has then this additional
> retweet won't appear in your timelines except for the
> statuses/retweets/id resource that lists up to 100 retweets for a
> given tweet. Duplicates are collapsed out of the other timelines.
> On Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 11:46 AM, Tim Haines <> wrote:
> > Hi guys,
> > I'm wondering if anyone can clarify.
> > The services I run often shown tweets that are several months old, and offer
> > the RT button next to them.  If someone clicks to RT the tweet, how does the
> > tweet get presented to people that aren't following the original tweeter?
> >  Is it placed at the top of the timeline appearing as a new tweet, or is it
> > placed at the time the original tweet was tweeted?  i.e. months ago, so
> > likely to never be seen?
> > If it would be placed months ago, it makes RT pointless for older tweets, in
> > which case I'll switch to 'classic mode' RT's.
> > Tim.
> --
> Marcel Molina
> Twitter Platform Team

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