If you are new to Twitter or new to using it on your Smartphone, then you might be a little confused about these two functions. This blog talks you through how to use each function and what the differences are between them.
Retweet (RT for short): This is simply a reposting of a Tweet by someone else, so that it appears in your Twitter feed – but still displays as the other person’s Tweet in every way. It’s very easy to do and a great way to share content, particularly from your Smartphone. Just click on the Retweet Button – see circled in red on the lefthand screenshot below:
The Quote Tweet button offers something slightly different. It allows you to edit the wording of the Tweet and also the Tweet will display as your Tweet (though link to original one will show up on Twitter feed). First, let’s see how to use it. On your Smartphone, you get two options when you hit the Retweet button as shown on the righthand screenshot above. Try using the Quote Tweet option – click on the screenshot and see option circled in red.
Remember to ALWAYS credit the person who posted the Tweet originally – or else you are guilty of plagiarisation…. However, you can move their name to the end of the post rather than the leaving it at the beginning. Just select, copy and paste their name to the end of the post and add Via before it, as per two screenshots below, and edit the wording to keep to the Twitter limit.
Some tweets just can’t be edited down to fit as a QT so you will have to revert to RT. Good luck and get in touch if you have any problems: firstname.lastname@example.org