Retweeting: Chain Letters of the Twitterverse?

Over the past few days there have been plenty of tweets that I’ve thought needed passing on to others, or retweeting. Twestival is happening this week and my old chum Phil Campbell is planning on attending five of them in one day, Gumballstyle. Twitter is the type of place where not everyone who follows Phil will follow me, so retweeting messages asking for people who are interested in sponsoring this mean feat helps spread the word.

I don’t retweet often, but when I do it’s because of a story I’d like to share with my 500 odd followers and it’s usually followed up with a tweet on my thoughts on the subject. It does help people get their word across and when other people give their input, it’s even better.

What prompted me to write this post was a comment I saw on the feed of @PleaseRetweet which is, quite simply, a bot that looks for the “Please Retweet” phrase and then posts it. Simple really. After one of the RTs another one came through;

@ringorang Tweets beginning “please retweet” are the chain letters of the Twitter world. I don’t do chain letters, sorry! 😛

Now I’m not saying that ReTweeting everything that people ask is a valid excercise, but surely if you what they’re trying to get across is worthwhile and important to you, you should be sharing it with others on Twitter.

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