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Retweet With Comments: All You Need To Know About Quote Tweets

Angela Randall 14-04-2015

You may have noticed a new feature on Twitter these past few days: You can now retweet with comments!


Until now, anyone who wanted to comment on a tweet they were retweeting would be forced to use the RT convention, then the original Tweet, and something brief like “<– I totally agree!” tacked on at the end. This was fine in the old days of Twitter where we only used text and links, but with image and video tweets Twitter Video and Group Messages: Everything You Need to Know Twitter, the world's favourite micro-blogging social network, has launched two new highly anticipated features. You can now finally record and share videos directly on Twitter, and you can also start private group chats. Read More it just looks awkward as the original text had to be shortened to fit the new comment in. But not anymore.

Now, at last we can make a chain of endless “Me too” retweets and make Twitter resemble every bulletin board, forum and group email you’ve ever been a part of. Fantastic. Might be time for a game of Mute, Block, Unfollow Spring Clean Your Twitter With A Game Of 'Block, Mute, Unfollow' [Weird & Wonderful Web] It's time to play a game. It isn't one you'll be familiar with, because we've just invented it to give you an entertaining excuse for spring cleaning your Twitter. Read More .

Available on iOS, but Not Android

As per most launches of new tools, iOS users can use this straight away, while Android users will have to wait a while to do quote tweets, although they can see them just fine. Nevermind though, we can all use the web.

Quote Tweets Work With Tweetdeck

For Tweetdeck fans, you’ll be pleased to know that you can already use this feature within your favourite Twitter list tool Use These Twitter List Managers to Keep Your Lists Under Control If you're following hundreds or thousands of people on Twitter, even your lists can be a bit much to handle. We set out to find the best Twitter list manager of them all. Read More by clicking on “Quote Tweet” after you click the retweet button. This is great news for people using Tweetdeck teams Tweetdeck Teams: How to Manage or Share a Twitter Account If you share a Twitter account with others, perhaps managing a brand or just running a cool creative handle, then Tweetdeck just got a whole lot better. Say hello to the new Tweetdeck Teams. Read More . Buffer and Hootsuite, by comparison, still redirect you to the RT format of retweeting if you’re choosing to “Quote Tweet” or “Edit” respectively.


Tweetdeck Quote Tweet Button

Confusing Terminology

Throughout Twitter and Tweetdeck, there seems to be two ways of describing what we’re doing here. In some buttons you’re asked to “Quote Tweet”, while in other places you’re just asked to “Add a Comment” while you retweet. It’s not a big deal, but it means you’ll find people using different terms to say exactly the same thing. Officially, Twitter talks about them as “Quote Tweets”.

How Does It Look?

Tweets that have been commented on look slightly different when quoted. The images in the tweet, which are normally shown as a horizontal rectangle, show up as a square to the left of the username and text. You could easily confuse it with a userpic given the positioning.


Tweet With Comment

Undoing Quote Tweets

Unlike a normal retweet, you can’t just click on the retweet button again and un-highlight it. If you added a comment, Twitter treats it like a normal tweet and you need to go to the more icon (…) and choose “Delete”.

Features & Bugs

Much as this new comment retweet feature can look pretty good, it’s not without faults. For instance, if you choose to embed a tweet that has commented on another tweet you just see a simple link. On the Twitter site and in Tweetdeck it looks great.

Presumably, there will be many more Twitter clients yet to catch up and feature the quoted tweet properly, too. And in the meantime, your followers using those clients are not going to know what you’re talking about until they click through to the original tweet, which is both a pain and unlikely to happen.


The positive side of this move is that your followers CAN easily go back to the original tweet if they wish. How often have you seen someone using the “RT @person Here’s a Link <– Wow, I love this!” format and wished you could quickly get back to the original poster’s tweet so you could retweet that instead? Have you ever gone so far as to check the original poster’s timeline only to find that the tweet is long gone into ancient history?

Well, this new retweet commenting tool skips all that fussing about. One click on the original poster’s name and you’re looking at the original tweet.

It also means that if you want to see the original in order to look at the retweets and stars it generated, you can. You can even use it to reply to the original poster and let them keep track of where the conversation started. It may seem trivial, but this can be quite useful if you’re using Twitter a lot, especially for networking and business.


Conversely, it actually makes it one step harder to save the link for reading later in Pocket How To Save Twitter Links To Pocket Or Other Bookmarking Services Twitter is a fantastic social-powered list of must-read items. How do you track and save them them? Don't worry, there's always technology to make things easier. Read More , as a proper retweet would have the original link in it, whereas quote tweets technically don’t. Even though you can see and click on them, IFTTT won’t pick up the original link, so it won’t save. You’ll be saving a link to the original tweet instead.

Retweet-ception? Not Quite

I did a bit of experimenting and it seems that although you can comment and retweet on a tweet that has already been quoted, the original tweet just looks like a boring link. So much for retweetception.


Thoughts on Twitter Comments

Within the Twitter-Tweetdeck ecosystem, this new quote tweet feature looks pretty good and does have its uses. If they fix their embedding to show the original tweet, the integration will be complete. However, the various Twitter apps still need to catch up, and when they do this will no doubt help user uptake.

What do you think of quote tweets? Will you use them or hate them with a passion?

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  1. Goat
    April 25, 2020 at 9:54 am

    Does the writer of the original tweet get a notification (if turned on) that someone has used 'Retweet with comment', as they would with standard Retweet? No?
    Not really, "all you need to know", as this was all I need to know and why I am here. I will have to surf off to find the answer elsewhere.

  2. Anonymous
    June 9, 2015 at 2:07 am

    I just realized that if someone responds to me via "Quote Tweet," it doesn't show up in my mentions or notifications. I don't see an option to add this new feature to my mentions.

  3. Leah
    April 15, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    I like it because you can click on the quoted tweet and be taken to it. If I want to comment on that tweet instead, it's made it easier.