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Retweeting a Tweet

By Karleigh Creighton

While scrolling through your Twitter timeline, have you ever come across a tweet that really strikes a chord with you and you’d like to do more than simply retweet it? You would like to share the words of this stroke of genius and add your own thoughts to it as well.  

Twitter has the solution. The company is currently testing a new feature that will allow users to “Retweet with Comment.” “Retweet with Comment” makes the post you are retweeting an image, therefore using less characters and allowing users to add their own comments to the retweeted material. The standard Twitter picture is about 25 characters, which leaves users with approximately 115 characters to express personal thoughts along with the original tweet to their followers.

This is not the first time twitter has attempted to help users personalize a retweet. The site previously offered a “Quote Tweet” option where the original tweet would be fully quoted within a users’ post and then personal thoughts could be conveyed at the end in however many characters happened to be left. This option, however, did not leave users with a lot of room to state their own opinion. Depending on the length of the original tweet, there was sometimes no room for any additional comments.

There is much more room to express yourself with Twitter’s new “Retweet with Comment.” Currently, this feature is in an experimental phase on mobile devices only and is not yet available to all users. What do you think? Will this new feature be useful in your tweeting endeavors? Personally, I know I will use it. I can recall many times when I attempted to use the “Quote Tweet” feature on Twitter, but couldn’t, because the amount of characters the original post took up left me with no room to say what I wanted to say. After realizing I couldn’t quote the tweet and add my own thoughts, sometimes I would retweet the post anyways but most of the time I decided to simply scroll on to something else.

Whenever I want to quote someone else’s tweet, I usually like to do so because I want to tag a friend to make sure they see it. Previously, “Quote Tweet” rarely allowed for me to include the original tweet, make my own comments and tag a friend.

With the new “Retweet with Comment” I am confident that I will be able to share a post, add my opinion and tag a friend or two all within Twitter’s 140 character limit. In addition to its new “Retweet with Comment” feature, Twitter is attempting to further enhance its visual appeal by placing pictures above the text in tweets. Assuming “Retweet with Comment” is a feature that sticks and generates positive testing; I believe that Twitter’s move to place images above text is a great idea. Combining these two new features will allow users to preview the retweet first and then read any comments made about the post. It’s an order that makes sense.

What do you think about Twitter’s constant experimentation? Do the visual enhancements appeal to you or do you prefer a traditional style retweet?  As always, I welcome your feedback and if you like what you read, be social a    

Does social media affect your mood?

By Karleigh Creighton

Our mood and emotions change often. They are affected not only by the big things in life, but also by small incidences like the weather, a surprise text, a meeting with friends and even by social media. Have you ever thought about how social media affects your mood and emotions? Facebook recently released research on its “contagion effect.” An effect they say that results in posting like your friends post.

Evidence from this study of 689,003 random Facebook users showed that after their newsfeeds were manipulated to have either a more positive or negative vibe, their own timelines reflected that same feeling. Those who were exposed to more positive news increased the use of positive words in their own posts, while those receiving less positive news in their newsfeed began to use more negative words. The same trend was also seen in the type of post. Individuals with newsfeeds consistent with long, revealing, emotional posts generally reciprocated that type of post, while those who constantly saw less expressive updates were likely to do the same.

Due to Facebook’s data-use policy the actual content of the posts of the individuals studied could not be seen and the study was conducted by counting the number of positive and negative words within the posts.

Personally, my mood is not seriously affected by what I see on my timeline. I don’t like to see negative posts so I just keep scrolling through them without paying much attention to the naysayers. If I see too many negative posts in a row I might get slightly annoyed and think about blocking the user to safely avoid negative energy, but nothing more than that. My emotions, on the other hand, are affected by posts I see from family and friends. Happy posts from people about getting a new job, having a baby, getting a puppy, or something else special will put a smile on my face, while posts about a loss trigger sadness because I can feel how much someone is hurting through their words.

However, regardless of the mood and emotions present in my newsfeed, I post my own thoughts and feelings. What do you think about the information provided by the study? Does it hold true in your life?

In addition to piggy backing off of the atmosphere in your timeline, social media can have other ways of affecting your mood. After posting a picture and getting 50 “Likes,” chances are you are feeling pretty happy that your selfie scored big with followers.

But what about the days when your post doesn’t generate any reach, especially one you thought was extra creative and fun, it’s discouraging. I believe it’s all just mental. Post what you want to post because it’s how you feel. Don’t let the attitude of another infiltrate your mind and therefore the tone of your own posts. The only way your social media will be influenced by others is if you let it.

How big of an impact do you let social media have on your life? I welcome your comments and if you like what you read, be social and share.