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Instead of doing a RT, can't I just tweet directly from the source?
You could, and some people do. However, doing an RT has several benefits:
1. It's polite to acknowledge where you found the info.
2. Networking potential. You're paying the other person a compliment, letting them know that you find their post useful, funny or interesting enough to re-post. You're also helping to publicize their feed.
Even if the post isn't a true RT but rather a link to something I've found on the Web myself, I usually try to make the effort to include the Twitter name of the author.
Last updated on July 13, 2010 by Debbie Ridpath Ohi