Button for retweets

“Last week, Twitter announced that it will soon implement a button that will let users automatically repost someone else’s tweet. While this will make it quicker and easier for users to accurately retweet, the mockup of the new button does not appear to let users edit the retweet, so that commentary can be incorporated. Rather, the “retweet” button will add the image and name of the quoted person to the original tweet and post it for those who follow the retweeter.

The new retweet function “is not going to meet the needs of those who retweet. At the same time, I think it’s going to bring retweeting to a whole new population,” says Boyd. “Adding commentary is a huge element to why people retweet.” Instead of just replying privately to a person with an opinion, by retweeting and adding a comment, users can target a larger audience, sharing their opinions and inviting others to do the same, she says.”

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