Taking a tweet in Twitter by someone else and resending it out through your network, often with an RT in front of it.
If you’ve been around Twitter long enough, you know that there was a time when retweets didn’t exist.
And probably many of us long for those days, a time when people in your Twitter network actually shared what they thought, rather than just repurposed someone else’s ideas.
Is your Twitter stream constipated with multiple RT’s of some idea, by the same people? RT RT RT RT RT RT RT, yeah I get it, OK!!!!!!
Ah, but there are no rules…
But, eventually, you have to have your own ideas, don’t you?
Retweeting gets you noticed. Retweeting gets you followers. Retweeting amplifies your presence on Twitter. Retweeting associates your name with someone who actually might have an idea…
But habitual retweeting is not a sustainable behavior over time.
You see, original thought is still important. In fact, original thought is even more important today in the everyone-connected-everyone shares-copy and RTpaste world of digital networks.
Ideas ultimately get you noticed. Ideas matter. Your ideas.
So before you hit the R and T keys, think, what can I offer that is original, what can I offer that reflects what I believe in, what can I offer that challenges or extends the ideas of another?
How can I be original?