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What is a Retweet?

A tweet which is re-posted is known as a Retweet. It allows you to share a tweet with all your followers. You can Retweet other's tweets as well as your own tweets. Some people type "RT" at the beginning of a Tweet when they re-post someone else's tweet. Although it is not an official command of Twitter, it is used when someone quotes another person's tweet. The purpose of a retweet is to forward information such as news, quote, a website link, to your followers without typing a new post.

Where do Retweets appear:

  • The Tweets retweeted by your followers appear in your Home timeline.
  • The tweets retweeted by accounts that you have blocked do not show up.
  • In the notification tab, you will see all activities related to your Tweets such as which of your Tweets are retweeted and by whom.

How to turn retweets off:

Twitter allows turning off retweets for a specific account if you don't like what they share. You are required to choose "Turn off Retweets" from the account profile page. Once you do this, you no longer see the tweets retweeted by these accounts. You cannot remove Retweets that are already in your timeline. One more thing to remember is that you can't turn off all retweets from all accounts. Furthermore, you can no longer see a Retweet if it is deleted by its author or author's account is suspended or deleted.

How to Retweet:

  • Go to the tweet which you want to Retweet.
  • Click the Retweet button located below the tweet.
  • A box will appear with your tweet and space where you can add a comment.
  • Add a comment if you want or retweet it without adding a comment and then click the retweet button located below the box to its right side at the bottom.

How to Delete a Retweet:

  • Log in to your Twitter account.
  • Locate the tweet which you want to delete.
  • Click the "v" icon located to the upper right side of the tweet.
  • It will display a list of options.
  • Click "Delete Tweet" option.

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