Twitter narcissists, rejoice! Now you can celebrate your own tweets by resharing them or expanding upon them.
The down-on-its-luck social network is rolling out its expected feature that lets you retweet and quote tweet yourself. So much about social media is driven by nostalgia, and Twitter’s latest update helps you, and your followers, relive your past glories with the tap of a button.
You can apply the retweet and quote tweet function to your own posts the same way you would to any other tweet: Simply scroll through your timeline and hit the retweet icon under your selected post, and then choose whether you want to reshare it in its original form, or quote it and add accompanying text. If you choose to do the latter, you will be limited to a 116-character message.
Staying on the topic of characters, the new feature is surely intended to appease the majority of Twitter’s 310 million user base that are eagerly awaiting the upcoming changes to its core tweeting experience.
In May, Twitter announced a number of major updates that would “simplify” tweets and allow users to make the most of the 140-character restriction that is integral to the platform. Among the planned changes, was the retweet and quote tweet feature that has been rolled out today.
In the past, if a user wanted to reference an older tweet they would have to resort to adding the URL to their new message, which would then be formatted to resemble the quote tweet function when shared. Similarly, Twitter users have always had the option to reshare their first-ever tweet using the #FirstTweet tool.
The new feature certainly adheres to Twitter’s promise to streamline tweets. Now it’s just a case of waiting for the remaining changes to be introduced. In the meantime, you can indulge in a conversation with yourself.
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