Twitter is rolling out a new feature that helps increase your interaction with others. The new Quote Tweet feature means big changes to how you can engage with people on Twitter.
Now you can add your comment to retweets much more easily. Your comment won’t be lost in the retweet, plus Twitter gives you more characters to add your comment and share your thoughts.
If you’ve ever tried to add a comment to a tweet while quoting the original tweet, you understand the frustration of the process:
• The original tweet may have used up nearly all of Twitter’s 140 character limit, leaving you precious few characters for your comment.
• Your comment gets confused with the original tweet, whether you added it before or after the retweet.
Retweeting without a comment used to be much more simple than quoting a tweet and adding your comment. Now that Twitter has improved commenting while retweeting, conversations on Twitter can be much more simple and engaging.
Retweets with Comments Are Much Easier Now
With this new Quote Tweet feature, retweeting while adding a comment has been made much simpler. Twitter announced its innovation in this tweet:
— Twitter (@twitter) April 6, 2015
New and Improved Quote Tweet
Twitter’s new Quote Tweet feature makes retweeting while adding your comment easier and more visible.
116 Extra Characters for Your Comment
Bonus! Now when you quote a tweet you get 116 extra characters for your comment about the original tweet — the characters in the tweet you’re quoting don’t count against your 116 characters. Feel free to quote a tweet that uses up all 140 characters, Twitter now gives you 116 characters when you retweet so that you can express your thoughts in your comment.
This change not only impacts those who want to add comments to retweets, it means that you can feel free to use up all of your 140 characters when you’re crafting your tweet. Previously, you were wise not to use up your full 140 character limit to allow people to add comments when they quoted your tweet. Now you can max out your characters, and add images to your tweets, without concern about leaving characters unused for people who want to quote your tweets.
Making Your Comment More Visible
Now when you quote a tweet, your comment will be at the top of your tweet and the original tweet will appear below.
The new Quote Tweet feature makes it crystal clear which is your comment and which is the original tweet. Previously, comments often blended into the text of quoted tweets.
How to Use the New Quote Tweet Feature
You won’t see a Quote Tweet button on tweets. Instead, use the Retweet button to quote a tweet.
On mobile, tap the Retweet icon and you’ll be offered the choice of retweeting or quoting the tweet.
Choose Quote Tweet and add your comment.
On the web, click on the Retweet icon, then add your comment in the space at the top. Click Retweet and your comment will be added to the retweet.
Twitter is rolling out its new Quote Tweet feature on the Web and in its iPhone app. The feature will be added to the Android app in the future.
Have you used the new Quote Tweet feature? Are you more likely to add comments to your retweets now? Have you even wanted to quote a tweet only to find you didn’t have enough characters to use for your comment? Have you been shortening your tweets to let other people use some of your characters for replies? Let us know in the Comments section below!
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