A Humble ReTweet

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

Is there such a thing as a humble Retweet? (more info on what exactly a ReTweet is found here)

Sure, you might be ReTweeting someone else’s post, but what about a ReTweet that mentions you? How do you handle that?

I am often conflicted on this. Knowing that most people see through those twitter users that seem to use their account to make sure you know how awesome they are, but also knowing that it is a form of communication, excitement, and sharing with the world what you are doing. I have not landed on a definite answer.

I remember talking to one author right around the time his latest book was released. He told me he felt bad for always ReTweeting people who had said something kind about the book or left a review but that he felt required to do this because people that tweeted it out expected it from him.

I have also talked to others who lament at the thought of reading all the ReTweets from certain twitter users who seem to only talk about themselves and not anyone else. They see it as more of a who has the “biggest stick” type of thing.

So where do you fall on this? How do you handle ReTweeting something that someone says about you?
It could be nice, you could go the Derek Webb way and just ReTweet criticism, or you could just @ reply or DM them a thank you.

Oh and will you ReTweet this post :)


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Kyle Reed

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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville
  • http://theperkinsblog.net Michael

    I used to. But I don’t anymore. I will thank people, but I try not to retweet something they said about me.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      that is how I am.
      occasionally I will do it, but very strategically

      • http://theperkinsblog.net Michael

        very strategically is a good way to describe it.

  • http://www.unfetteredbloke.com Nathan

    I’m definitely in the “don’t RT yourself camp”. It just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. However, I can make an exception for those who RT both praise & criticism though because it shows you don’t take yourself too seriously.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      agreed. Its interesting because I think most everyone who responds to this post will sau they are in the I do not retweet myself camp, but I would be curios to see if that is all true.
      i guess the people who do retweet themselves will just not leave a comment :)

  • http://rocketplantstudio.com Brian Notess

    I was going to retweet this post and tell you how awesome you are, but I don’t want to inflate your ego.

    • http://emilysutherland.wordpress.com/ Emily Sutherland

      I am occasionally guilty of this – depending on the statement and the source – but my heart is genuinely not to be egotistical but rather to let my followers feel heard without my twitter stream looking like:

      @soandso Thanks.
      @fillinname You, too.
      @whatshisname Okay, will do.
      @complimenter Glad you like.

      Seeing that RTing kind words can be taken as self-inflated is definitely making me think twice. Sometimes I DM responses but if it’s a person responding whom I don’t follow (and don’t want to follow) it feels kind of wrong to DM them knowing they can’t answer back.

      Great issue to bring up.

      • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

        its such a grey area really. I think people can see the true intentions of it.
        But I do agree with you. There is definitely a balance and done the right way is good.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      come on…i need it to boost my ego :)

  • http://www.vivemeanslive.com Patrick Mitchell

    Someone just did that the other day, retweeted someone who tweeted about them, and I cringed. I’ve seen it before and cringed then as well. It doesn’t sit well with me. Chances are I’ll stop following you if you retweet in that way. Undoubtedly it’s some form of pride in a person’s life, and when I see it done I should first think of pride in my life. But that kind of self-promotion seems over the top.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      ya its tough, I did it last night but it was strategic and a lot like what Austin said later on in the comment stream.
      But I am with you, after a while it just gets old and I stop following.

  • http://manofdepravity.com Tyler

    I hardly ever RT someone who says something about me. Mostly because when I see others do it fairly consistently the discerning part of me begins to wonder what they’re all about. I know that’s judgmental and probably not fair in most cases, but I know I’m not the only one who wonders the same thing. So I’d rather not begin people the opportunity to wonder what I’m all about.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      me too

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  • http://www.austinklee.com austinklee

    I totally understand where you are coming from, however, if someone really cool tweets me…I’m retweeting it. It might not ever happen again and I think its cool when one of my friends gets tweeted by someone cool…I would never know if they didn’t share the love!

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      i 100% agree with this completely.

      • http://www.austinklee.com austinklee

        And we’d all love to hear your secret sauce on finding celebs in Nashville…I’ll be there in late April.

  • http://loquaciouslady.com/ Meghan

    It varies for me. Usually, if I RT something, it’s of something that someone said (and I liked) and wanted my followers to see. Something informational or funny or to help the tweeter out with a post or whatever they need retweeted.

    Every now and then (today, for example), I’ve retweeted something that mentions me. This is for one (or both) of two reasons:

    1.I usually see people RT what someone said THEN respond to it so that followers aren’t having to open up an entire conversation to see what that person is responding to. And I feel like maybe that’s the twitter etiquette and I better get on board. But I still usually don’t.

    2.They have said something about my blog, including the link to my blog, and sometimes ppl will be more likely to click that link if they are intrigued by what someone else said about your post than they are with what YOU said about your post when you first put the link out into the twittersphere. I see that as a way to drive traffic, so I’m not against it, so long as it’s not so often that it gets spammy. (for example, I won’t RT every single tweet with a link to my blog in it in a single day, but I might RT one of them, if any.)

    • http://loquaciouslady.com/ Meghan

      I guess I should also mention that ppl don’t tweet about my blog often, so my RTing isn’t an every day affair. More of an “every once in a blue moon when a person actually reads my blog AND manages to find it interesting enough to comment about to their followers on twitter.” So..yeah. Not often.

      I mean…I’m kind of a small fish in a huge pond. But the fact that almost none of your readers here have ever heard of me probably already clued them in to that. ;)

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      you are right. It see,s to be very conditional in so many words you know. I think discerning people do it well and what you talked about seems that you put thought into way before you hit RT

  • http://learningfromsophie.wordpress.com Laura Anne

    I will RT my ‘LFSIntro’ tweets, because I want people to read my guest’s posts – I love what they share. If it’s about me personally, I’ve sometimes RTed something that I’ve found funny – not taking myself too seriously, but would definitely not feel comfortable about RTing something that someone said that was complimenting me like for example ‘worship led by @koalainscotland this morning was AWESOME’ (no one’s ever said that, but if they did I wouldn’t RT it!

    A bit like Meghan, I’m a wee fish and in a big pond. In fact I’m on the wrong side of the pond when it comes to blogging.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      yes you are across the pond…which makes you way cooler then any of us. But I can imagine its hard to keep up with everything being on a different time zone.

      • http://learningfromsophie.wordpress.com Laura Anne

        I know right? You folks in the Americas are always behind on the times, while those Aussies always seem to be a little ahead…. ;)

  • http://www.mustardseedyear.com Jason

    People don’t retweet me very much so I haven’t had to deal with this often but I really get irritated when I see someone ReTweeting the times people RT them. “Hey, thanks @BillyJoeJimBob for retweeting my blog post about Hardened Cement!” It just rings like “look at how awesome I am! Some guy you’ve never heard of retweeted me!” I’ve unfollowed quite a few people who do it on a regular basis.

    If someone RT’s me, I will send them a DM most times thanking them for doing it.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      makes sense to me. Glad you thank people, that is important for sure

  • http://philologus.wordpress.com/ JuliaKate

    Hey Kyle:)
    I think it’s a form of marketing for the most part, when you’re letting other people’s words sell something on your behalf. I am not comfortable RT-ing stuff like that, but heck, i’m not even comfortable tweeting my blog link all day tuesday. i don’t like to market myself, my stuff, my craft, but it’s a necessary thing. i do RT occasionally, but i feel genuine about it, appreciative and diligent about my “marketing responsibility”. i definitely don’t RT flattery or conversations… that’s just plain annoying;)

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      Yes there is a difference between marketing and flattery for sure. I wonder if people feel the same way about RT as they do people who tweet out their post?

      • http://philologus.wordpress.com/ JuliaKate

        sometimes i wonder too, but a blogger’s gotta do what a blogger’s gotta do. in my case, i feel a responsibility to tweet my link. there are many times i’d just like to hide my posts, but that’s a whole other subject:)

        • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

          hahaha, yes it is. Maybe you should write a post about that or start up a secret blog

  • http://www.contentunderpressure.net Josh

    I’m not a fan of the RT’ing of self. With Twitter being so saturated with self-marketing, I find the self-RT to be, in most (not all) cases, pretty gross.

    Would I love for @loswhit or @oprah to tweet about my music, using their influence to turn people on to something new to my benefit? Abso-stinkin-lutely. Would I retweet it? No. I’d thank ’em, though…mostly with an @reply or DM…or maybe food. Well, Oprah probably wouldn’t meet me, but Los might. :)

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      ha, I like it. I think timed very well it can be good.

    • http://learningfromsophie.wordpress.com Laura Anne

      If Oprah or someone like I don’t know….Stephen Fry tweeted about me, I’d probably RT or at least tweet about it out of pure excitement! How sad am I?

      • http://www.austinklee.com austinklee

        If Stephen Fry tweeted about me I don’t know if I could believe it actually happened.

  • http://www.jasonvana.com Jason Vana

    I don’t think I’ve ever retweeted a post about me. I usually just thank the person.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      I like that much better

  • http://www.carusophotography.com/blog Jay

    I’m late to the game on this one, but here goes.

    I don’t have a problem with most retweets except for one:


    I may be judgmental but I think re-tweeting a compliment about yourself is pretty self serving. And lame.

    There is a context to it. If somebody tweets, “Just had lunch with @jaycaruso. He’s a great guy” and I re-tweet that but on the back end say something like, “It was great seeing you too!” or something similar, then that’s ok.

    But I see people re-tweeting compliments and they simply just leave it at that. It’s like saying, “Look at me and how wonderful I am!”