The Project Retweet had been making experimental stage rounds in the developer community since August and had gained much attention curbing the concern of original tweeter’s credit being taken away due to re-tweets by others. Re-tweeting had already been widely adopted by third party clients from a long time. But now Twitter is ready to support the RT feature into its website itself.
This is how Twitter announced in its blog:
“We’ve just activated a feature called retweet on a very small percentage of accounts in order to see how it works in the wild. Retweet is a button that makes forwarding a particularly interesting tweet to all your followers very easy. In turn, we hope interesting, newsworthy, or even just plain funny information will spread quickly through the network making its way efficiently to the people who want or need to know.
You may remember that we shared the mechanics of this feature with developers a while back so they could think about how to work it into Twitter apps. Now we’re ready to start trying it on Twitter. The plan is to see how it goes first with this small release. If it needs more work, then we’ll know right away. If things look good, we’ll proceed with releasing the feature in stages eventually arriving at 100%.”
Formalizing retweeting by officially adding it to their platform, the process of copy paste of interesting tweets and then appending an RT @”person who tweeted” will now require only a retweet button appearing as an option at the end of every tweet. Twitter will now check for duplicate tweets into the API on its own.
In Twitters words, “One of the main confusions and criticisms about the retweet API was around what happens when a given tweet is retweeted multiple times. Asking developers to collapse retweets in timelines is onerous, complicated and confusing. We’re not going to do it that way. We are going to add a resource that gives you all retweets for a given tweet. In timelines you will get only the first retweet. You can then request all retweets for that tweet at any time to get up to 100 retweets that have been created for it.”
Although new retweet functionality is on limited roll out but soon will be available to all twitter users after the networking site ensures the feature to be ready with all requisite tweaks.