At twitter, RETWEETS are very important. When done correctly by using the "Retweet" link which appears when you hover your mouse over a tweet, the retweet is carried out as Twitter intended it. Retweeting in this way results in the tweet being displayed to the retweeter's followers in its EXACT configuration; the original author's (twitter member who posted the tweet) avatar/picture is displayed in the retweeter's timeline, the tweet is not cut off, and the "reply" link, which also appears when you hover your mouse over the tweet, replies directly to the person who originally posted the tweet. Conversely, when a retweet is done via copying and pasting the tweet's content onto the retweeter's timeline, akin to the "old style retweet" what results is NOT AT ALL BENEFICIAL to the original poster of the tweet.
"Copy & Paste/old style" retweeting results in the tweet displaying the retweeter's avatar/picture, not the original poster's picture or avatar; which makes it appear, at first glance, that the content was created by the retweeter, instead of its rightful originator. The inclusion of the "RT @poster's id" notice, regardless of whether it is added at the beginning or the end of the copy & pasted retweet, doesn't reverse the effect of the content being initially linked to the retweeter's avatar in the reader's mind. Making matters worse, the copy & paste/old style retweet method often results in the content of the original posting being shortened irretrievably by the act of the retweeter having to add the "RT @poster's id", hence, ruining the original tweets value in that it is shared incomplete. Additionally, when an admirer of the copy & pasted retweet clicks on the "reply" link, the reply goes to the retweeter and not to the original poster.
This is all a classic case of "Stealing Someone's Thunder"; innocent, unknowing, and inadvertent, as it may be. Instead of the desired effect of exposing, introducing, and benefiting the tweet's originator as is aptly accomplished by clicking on the Twitter provided "Retweet" link, the copy & paste method of retweeting takes all the benefits of the retweet away. The tweets originator's picture/avatar is NOT displayed. How many times have you gained interest in a twitter account because the avatar/picture attracted your attention? I know for me the avatar/picture always benefits me, somewhat, both, to help me remember the particular tweep, and to get some idea about the person. Another detraction caused by the copy & paste retweet is that the resulting, often abbreviated, tweet loses its meaning, thus, its purpose and value. Lastly, clicking on the provided "reply" link of the copy & paste retweet bypasses the author and inserts the retweeter in his place, robbing the original poster of the tweet the credit and the ability to make contact with the replies sender, which, in turn, could have established a new connection.
If this blog appears heavy-handed of me, I hope you'll understand the importance of the injustice that I am attempting to remedy here; not just for me, for all. Additionally, please note that I tried to handle this with a softer touch by posting the following tweets repeatedly to no avail:
When you retweet by copying and pasting the tweet, even including the RT @(author), replies come to YOU not the author & this is not ideal. ~ KPR
The idea of retweeting is to share BOTH the tweet AND the author with your followers so that they may follow him if they like his tweets. ~ KPR
The greatest consternation of all this is not that tweeps little known to me use the non-beneficial copy & paste retweet method to retweet me, but that people dear to me, whose twitter accounts I support wholehearted, admire, and enjoy, are unwittingly committing this mistaken slight and injustice.