TWITTER TWEET & RETWEETS

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Retweeting another Tweet

What is a Retweet?

A Tweet that you share publicly with your followers is known as a Retweet. This is a great way to pass along news and interesting discoveries on Twitter. You have the option to add your own comments before Retweeting—making it a Quote Tweet. When using Twitter’s Retweet icon, your Retweet or Quote Tweet will reference the Tweet you are sharing. Note: When someone replies to your Quote Tweet, the author of the original Tweet will not be automatically added to the conversation. If you want to include the author of the original Tweet, you will need to mention their username.

In addition to sharing other’s Tweets on Twitter, you can Retweet or Quote Tweet your own Tweet. This function is particularly useful when you want to re-post one of your older Tweets because it is relevant again, or Retweet your replies to other people when you want to make sure all of your followers see it. 

How to Retweet

From web:

  1. Hover over a Tweet.
  2. Click the Retweet button 
  3. A pop-up will show you the Tweet you’re about to Retweet.
  4. Click the Retweet button.
  5. The Tweet will then be shared with all of your followers as a Retweet.


From mobile apps:

  1. Go to the Tweet you’d like to share.
  2. Tap the Retweet icon 
  3. From the pop-up, tap Retweet.
  4. The Tweet will then be shared with all of your followers as a Retweet.

How to undo a Retweet

From web:

  1. Find the Retweet you’d like to undo.
  2. The Retweet buttonwill be highlighted.
  3. Click the Retweet button and the Tweet will be removed from your profile timeline. 
    Note: Undoing a Retweet will remove it from other timelines, however it may still appear on mobile devices displaying cached timelines or in cross-postings to third-party sites, such as Facebook.


From mobile apps:

  1. Find the Retweet you’d like to undo.
  2. The Retweet iconwill be highlighted. 
  3. Tap the Retweet icon.
  4. Tap Undo Retweet to confirm and the Tweet will be removed from your profile timeline. 
    Note: Undoing a Retweet will remove it from other timelines, however it may still appear on mobile devices displaying cached timelines or in cross-postings to third-party sites, such as Facebook.

How to use Quote Tweet to add your own comments

From web:

  1. Hover over a Tweet. 
  2. Click the Retweet button 
  3. A pop-up will show you the Tweet and a comment box.
  4. Type your own comments in the Add a comment field. 
  5. Click the Tweet button.
  6. The Tweet will then be shared with your followers as a Quote Tweet.


From mobile apps:

  1. Go to the Tweet you’d like to share.
  2. Tap the Retweet icon 
  3. Tap Quote Tweet.
  4. Add a comment and tap Tweet.
  5. The Tweet will then be shared with your followers as a Quote Tweet.

How to delete a Quote Tweet

From the Twitter for iOS app:

  1. Go to your Me tab.
  2. Locate the Quote Tweet you want to delete.
  3. Tap the  icon located at the top of the Tweet.
  4. Tap Delete Tweet.
  5. Tap Delete to confirm.


From the Twitter for Android app:

  1. In the top menu, you will either see a navigation menu icon  or your profile icon. Tap whichever icon you have.
  2. From the menu, tap Profile
  3. Locate the Quote Tweet you want to delete.
  4. Tap the  icon located at the top of the Tweet.
  5. Tap Delete.
  6. Tap Yes to confirm.


Via twitter.com:

  1. Go to your profile.
  2. Locate the Quote Tweet you want to delete.
  3. Click the more icon 
  4. Click Delete Tweet.
  5. Click Delete to confirm.

Note: Quote Tweets do not count towards the 140 character limit. Undoing a Quote Tweet will remove it from other timelines, however it may still appear on mobile devices displaying cached timelines or in cross-postings to third-party sites, such as Facebook.

Having trouble?

View our troubleshooting articles about Tweets for more information.

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