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Retweet Conundrum

February 28, 2010

On Twitter, “to retweet” originally meant to repost a tweet, prefixed with “RT @<username>”. And ThrededTweet supports this type of retweeting.

But Twitter then introduced a new type of retweeting, where you can’t change the original tweet, and it appears as part of your stream, but with the original user’s name next to it.  I’m adding support for this type of retweeting in the next release.

But I want to keep support for old-style retweeting, which means I’ve run into a conundrum:  when a user of ThrededTweet wants to retweet, they tap the right-most button under the tweet in question and select “Retweet” from a list that includes a couple of other choices.  What do I add to this for “new-style” retweeting?  In my current development sandbox, the buttons are labels “Retweet (old-style)” and “Retweet to Friends”. I’m not sure that’s clear, but I’m also not sure how to improve it.

“Retweet (old-style)” vs “Retweet (RT-style)” vs “Retweet (editable)”?

“Retweet (new-style)” vs “Retweet to Friends” vs “Retweet As Is”? Alas, I can’t include the funky retweet icon.

Decisions, decision…

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